The AAENT Voice and Swallowing Center is led by our team & partnering with our Speech Pathologist, Heather Langford focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of laryngologic conditions.
The intricacies of our voice and swallowing systems are often taken for granted, yet they serve as the bedrock for both interpersonal communication and our most basic survival needs: speaking and eating. These delicate and essential mechanisms dictate how we express our thoughts, emotions, and intents and how we take in the nourishment vital to our well-being.
Recognizing the profound significance of these systems, Anne Arundel ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery has meticulously crafted a sanctuary for them – the Voice Swallowing Center. This center is a testament to our commitment to addressing voice and swallowing disorders. By leveraging state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatment methods, we endeavor to empower our patients, ensuring that they recover and thrive, cherishing the pure essence of their voice and the effortless joy of swallowing.
What is the Voice Swallowing Center?
The Voice Swallowing Center is a dedicated facility focused on the intricate anatomy and physiology of the voice box (larynx) and esophagus. Harnessing the latest technology and medical expertise, this center emphasizes the diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic management of voice and swallowing disorders, serving as a beacon for patients seeking specialized care in these areas.
Identifying Symptoms & Reasons for Concern
- Chronic hoarseness or voice changes
- Persistent throat pain
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- A feeling or sensation of a lump in the throat
- Frequent coughing or choking while eating
- Unintended weight loss
Treatments at the Voice Swallowing Center of AAENT
Delivering unparalleled care, Anne Arundel ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery’s Voice Swallowing Center offers:
- Voice Therapy: Tailored exercises and techniques to optimize voice use and vocal hygiene.
- Swallowing Rehabilitation: Techniques and strategies to enhance and restore swallowing functions.
- Endoscopic Procedures: Utilizing advanced tools to view, diagnose, and treat abnormalities in the larynx and esophagus.
- Surgical Interventions: Procedures aimed at rectifying structural abnormalities or removing lesions.
A small flexible camera is used to visualize the nose, throat, and vocal cords after numbing the nose and throat.
The vocal cords are examined with a high power camera and strobe light to examine for abnormalities that may be causing voice problems.
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)
A test that evaluates your swallowing function using a camera as your swallow various consistencies of food.
In-office, convenient treatments, including botox injection for spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cord augmentation for vocal cord paralysis, and biopsy of suspicious lesions.
Post Treatment: Embracing a Renewed Quality of Life
The journey towards holistic recovery doesn’t conclude at the end of a treatment session; it’s a continuum that requires sustained efforts and guidance. At the Voice Swallowing Center, we’re acutely aware of this, and that’s why post-treatment care stands at the forefront of our patient-centric approach. Once individuals undergo treatment, they are welcomed into a phase marked by noticeable symptom alleviation. However, what truly distinguishes our center is our dedication to the journey beyond immediate relief.
Our post-treatment paradigm is a tapestry woven with personalized rehabilitation strategies meticulously designed to cater to individual needs and challenges. These plans are complemented by regular follow-up sessions, ensuring that the progress made during treatment is not only maintained but also augmented. But above all, our unwavering support acts as a pillar for our patients, offering them the assurance and guidance they need. As they tread the path of recovery, we’re right beside them, championing their return to a life of vocal clarity and swallowing ease, and fostering a renewed sense of confidence in their daily interactions and experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What conditions are treated at the Voice Swallowing Center of AAENT?
A: We handle a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders, from chronic hoarseness to more complex conditions like dysphagia.
Q: Are surgical treatments always necessary for voice and swallowing disorders?
A: Not always. We employ a range of treatments from therapy and rehabilitation to endoscopic procedures and surgeries based on the individual’s condition.
Q: How long does the recovery process typically take?
A: Recovery varies based on the treatment and the specific condition. Our team will provide a detailed post-treatment plan to expedite and support your recovery.
Why Choose AAENT’s Voice Swallowing Center?
At Anne Arundel ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on merging cutting-edge technology with vast clinical expertise. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures comprehensive care for all patients. Choosing our Voice Swallowing Center means entrusting your care to dedicated professionals who prioritize your well-being, voice, and swallowing health above all.
The Journey Towards Optimal Voice and Swallowing Health Begins Here
Your voice and ability to swallow are essential elements of your daily life. Don’t let disorders or conditions deter you from living life to the fullest. Connect with the specialists at Anne Arundel ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery’s Voice Swallowing Center today. Call us at (410) 573-9191 for consultations, and let your voice be heard, clear and strong.