Laryngeal electromyography is an in-office test providing diagnostic information about the neuromuscular function of the vocal cords. Electrodes measure electrical activity during muscle activity while the patient performs various vocal tasks.
Botox therapy for laryngeal disorders is sometimes used to treat spasmodic dysphonia, to stop involuntary movement of the larynx muscles.
Swallowing therapy, provided by speech-language pathologists, uses strengthening exercises, dietary modification and compensatory techniques to optimize the potential for safe swallowing and allow the patient to eat a diet that is as close to normal as possible. Every attempt is made to assist the patient with returning to safe swallowing for nutritional support while allowing ... Read More »
Voice therapy, provided by speech-language pathologists, uses therapeutic exercises that are tailored to the individual’s specific vocal capabilities and vocal needs. Therapy can often be completed in four to six therapy sessions over a two-month period with guided home practice. Our therapists are skilled at working with all voice disorders, from older adults with changes ... Read More »
Thyroplasty is a procedure used to treat vocal cord paralysis, paresis (weakness) of the voice or age-related changes to the voice. During the procedure, the vocal cord is repositioned with an implant, which results in immediate improvement in voice and often swallowing. The procedure, while performed in the operating room and requiring a one-night stay ... Read More »
Awake laser therapy, also known as pulsed KTP laser therapy, is a technology that allows our physicians to treat vocal cord lesions, such as papilloma, polyps, hemorrhage and early vocal cord cancers, as an outpatient treatment without anesthesia. The vocal cord laser procedure allows patients to be treated with less damage to the underlying tissue ... Read More »
Vocal-cord injection (vocal fold augmentation/laryngoplasty) is a procedure in which gel-like filler is injected directly into the vocal cord. It is used to reposition the vocal cords and improve the voice and often the ability to swallow. While this procedure has been historically performed in the operating room under general anesthesia, our physicians can perform ... Read More »
Modified barium swallow is a study conducted in collaboration with radiology to observe the swallowing function of multiple consistencies from mouth to stomach. Minimal exposure fluoroscopy provides real-time opportunities to assess function and to determine the usefulness and safety of compensatory swallowing maneuvers to reduce or eliminate the swallowing problem. The use of real foods ... Read More »
Instrumental assessment of voice is a computer-based, non-invasive assessment of voice quality and respiratory capacity to produce voice. The speech-language pathologist utilizes computer-based systems to assess vocal capabilities and to design therapy based on objective measures, which leads to better overall outcomes from therapy.
Laryngeal videostroboscopy allows in-office visualization of the vocal cords with high-resolution magnification and illumination. This procedure is completed in the office with little to no discomfort and provides the physician with a detailed image of the health of the vocal folds. The examination may be completed by the physician or the speech-language pathologist at each ... Read More »