After endotracheal intubation, you will likely be placed on a breathing machine.
If you are awake after the procedure, your health care provider may give you medicine to reduce your anxiety or discomfort.
Why the test is performed
Endotracheal intubation is done to:
Open the airway to give oxygen, medication, or anesthesia
Remove blockages from the airway
Allow the doctor to get a better view of the upper airway
Protect the lungs in certain patients
What the risks are
Risks for any surgery are:
Additional risks for this procedure include trauma to the voice box (larynx), thyroid gland, vocal cords and trachea (windpipe), or esophagus. Puncture or perforation (tearing) of body parts in the chest cavity, leading to lung collapse, may also occur.