What is fiberoptic intubation and how is it done?

Carefully! Intubation is the insertion of a breathing tube into the windpipe (trachea). Usually it is done through the mouth with an instrument called a laryngoscope. Sometimes it is necessary to use a fiberoptic bronchoscope, either through the nose or the mouth. The area will be numbed. The fiberoptic scope is used to get a good view of the vocal cords, then the breathing tube is advanced into the airway.