Swallowing disorders can have subtle or not-so-subtle symptoms.
Perhaps a patient experiences hoarseness, voice changes, pain
when swallowing, or difficulties eating. These symptoms can be
caused by a variety of problems, such as nerve or muscle disorders,
stroke, respiratory illness, or by medical or surgical intervention,
or even radiation therapy.
Whatever the cause, swallowing disorders present a serious
medical challenge that should be met through a well-coordinated,
multidisciplinary approach. The Center for Swallowing Disorders
at UCI Medical Center utilizes the efforts and expertise of otolaryngology,
gastroenterology, diagnostic radiology, neurology and rehabilitation
medicine to diagnose and treat the full range of swallowing and
esophageal disorders that can also include heartburn, regurgitation,
esophageal inflammation and psychological disorders.
A primary interview and examination is the critical first step
in the treatment of swallowing disorders. Very often, in-depth
studies must be performed to evaluate contributing problems. With
state-of-the-art equipment and technology, the Center for Swallowing
Disorders at UCI Medical Center provides thorough diagnostic evaluation.
Diagnostic Services include:
Oropharyngeal and esophageal manometric studies
Radionuclide Scanning techniques
Telemetered biofeedback retraining
An individual treatment plan is then tailored to meet each
patient's specific needs. Such a plan includes the services of
all appropriate specialists to help patients regain their sense
of well-being. The Center's directors coordinate all efforts with
referring physicians to help ensure the most appropriate, long-term
Treatment at the Center for Swallowing Disorders is generally
on an outpatient basis. All patients are requested to pay for
services rendered at the time of treatment unless prior arrangements
have been made with the Center. Questions regarding third-party
coverage for billing should be referred to the staff at the Center
at the time an appointment is made.
For further information, please contact
Center for Swallowing Disorders
UCI Medical Center