Voice & Swallowing Disorders
Del Rey MD provides a wide range of diagnoses and treatments for voice and swallowing disorders.
Dysphonia is a medical term for voice disorders and hoarseness. If you have voice changes that persist for more than 2-4 weeks after an illness, you need to be evaluated to rule out more serious medical conditions, such as vocal cord polyps or cancer. Dysphonia may be accompanied by a dry, scratchy throat or sore throat.
Swallowing is a complex action requiring the involvement of the brain, nervous system, throat, esophagus and more than 25 different muscles. When people have difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia, it could signal a serious underlying condition, such as autoimmune disease or cancer. Even if there is no underlying serious condition, a swallowing disorder can cause frequent aspiration of food or drink, which could lead to lung scarring or even asphyxiation.
The doctors at Del Rey MD are experts in diagnosing swallowing disorders and are leading experts in the most advanced treatments for voice and swallowing problems. We utilize the latest technologies available in diagnostic procedures including FEES (FiberOptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing), FEESST (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing) and TNE (TransNasal Esophagoscopy).