what to expect during a swallowing evaluation

A swallowing specialist will observe the patient eating and drinking foods of different consistencies, thus identifying potential problems, determining the need for further evaluation and/or dietary modifications, and establishing a therapeutic plan.

Additional procedures:

  • Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS)
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Clinical swallowing evaluation
  • Oral motor function testing
  • Weekly Head & Neck Dysphagia Clinic: Evaluation with ENT and SLP

Swallowing Therapy Intervention:

  • McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program
  • Safe swallowing strategies/consistency adjustments
  • Pharyngeal strengthening exercises
  • Neuromuscular Stimulation (Vital Stim)
  • Myofascial release
  • Buteyko breathing
  • Head & Neck Cancer Swallowing Preservation Protocol

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