Penn State Hershey Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery provides advanced care for diseases of the head and neck. Patients are thoroughly evaluated by our team of physicians and caregivers in order to make the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. We provide patients with the information needed to understand their disease and decide of the best treatment plan for them. Treatments may include medications, therapies, and surgery customized to the disease process.
- Swallowing disorders
- Digital Videostroboscopy
- Laryngectomee Program
- Speech and swallowing rehabilitation
We have the ability to fully assess and treat many voice and swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia. Our speech pathologist assists our physician team in the evaluation of hoarseness, upper airway breathing disorders and dysphagia.
Digital Videostroboscopy is available in our clinic for the analysis of vocal complaints. This technique utilizes endoscopic visualization (use of flexible and rigid telescopes to look at the voice box) and stroboscopy (high speed flash lamp) to generate high-quality, detailed video and still images of the larynx. Based on the diagnosis, medications, speech therapy, or surgical procedures may be recommended by the physician.
Swallowing problems may be investigated by clinical swallowing evaluations, modified barium swallows (video X-rays of swallowing), or Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). We offer a variety of treatment modalities for swallowing disorders including biofeedback, deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation (DPNS) and traditional muscular retraining exercises. We are currently training in electrical stimulation for swallowing disorders. This is a promising new technique for the treatment of dysphagia.
We also offer a comprehensive program for laryngectomee patients. This includes pre and post-operative counseling, voice prosthesis management and vocal rehabilitation.
Speech and swallowing rehabilitative techniques may be taught to patients through speech therapy sessions scheduled here at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.