Vero Beach Ear, Nose and Throat Associates can Help With Hoarse Voice, Weak Voice, Vocal Polyps, Chronic Sore Throat, Acid Reflux, Choking, Swallowing Problems
Microlaryngoscopy with Phonosurgery
AKA: Vocal Cord Repair
A microscope is used to evaluate and operate on the vocal cords using magnification and special instrumentation. This technique is used to remove or reduce polyps, nodules, or tumors on the vocal cords or larynx (voice box). Phoneatric instruments are utilized during this delicate surgical procedure for optimal results.
Vocal Fold Augmentation
This innovative procedure uses a durable injectable soft tissue filler (Radiesse Hydroxyappetite) to enhance and strengthen voice quality in patients with severe hoarseness or a weak voice secondary to aging effects, chronic illness or vocal cord paralysis. This material is equivalent to the mineral make-up of human bone and will replace lost tissue volume in the vocal folds, bringing the folds back into contact, providing long-lasting restoration of the voice. Click the link below for more information.
Laryngoscopy and Esophagoscopy
Used primarily as a diagnostic tool for the larynx (voice box) and throat, a laryngoscope, a tube with a camera on the end, allows the surgeon a clearer view of the affected area. In conjunction with the laryngoscopy, patients can also have an esophagoscopy performed at the same time, examining the esophagus (food pipe). The surgeon may also take a biopsy during this procedure for diagnostic purposes.
Total Laryngectomy Communication Management
AKA: Voice Therapy, Stoma Management
In cases of total laryngectomy, the vocal folds are completely removed thereby requiring patients to learn new methods for communication, respiration, and swallowing. The speech-language pathologist on staff helps patients manage their new airway by evaluating various communication options as well as determining the best vocal therapy treatments. Many options are available for communication following a total laryngectomy including Electrolarynx (Artificial Larynx), Esophageal Speech, or TEP Speech (Tracheoesophogeal Puncture). The speech-language pathologist will also assist the patient in caring for equipment used for artificial or altered communication.
In this painless, office-based procedure, the Speech Pathologist documents laryngeal anatomy and function using specialized equipment. A flashing light inserted into the esophagus is synchronized with the voice, at a slightly slower rate. This allows the examiner to observe the rapid vibration of the vocal folds during sound production at a much slower speed. During this evaluation, the strength and elasticity of the voice box can be properly measured.
FEES Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
AKA: Swallow Test
This minimally invasive procedure allows Speech Pathologists to evaluate problems with the areas surrounding the voice box and opening of the throat. Using local anesthesia, a small flexible telescope is passed through the nose to the opening of the esophagus. Once in position, the patient consumes various foods and liquids while the Speech Pathologist observes the swallowing process. The results of this procedure help physicians determine the best course of treatment for those with swallowing problems stemming from disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, head and neck cancer post-radiation, vocal cord paralysis, and stroke.