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Swallowing Disorders in Long Island, NY

If you have trouble swallowing, you may have one of the swallowing disorders that can be treated by Eunice E. Park, MD, a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) specialist. Dr. Park offers diagnostic and treatment services for residents of Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York who have swallowing disorders.

What are Swallowing Disorders?

“Dysphagia” is the clinical term that describes any disorder that affects your ability to swallow. These types of disorders affect children, adolescents, and adults and are most predominant in elderly patients. A swallowing disorder may be temporary, such as when you have enlarged tonsils, or a swallowing disorder may represent a serious condition that could cause complications, such as a tumor.

Swallowing disorders may be caused by problems related to the:

  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Pharynx
  • Esophagus

These anatomical structures work together to help you swallow food and liquids. Use of the structures are both voluntary, such as the mouth and tongue, and involuntary, such as the movement of food down the esophagus to the stomach.

Benefits of Treatment for Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders may represent a range of problems, from inconvenient to serious. Having your swallowing disorder diagnosed and treated by Dr. Park may resolve your symptoms and prevent complications.

What are the Common Symptoms of Swallowing Disorders?

The most common symptoms of swallowing disorders are:

  • Feeling as if you have something stuck in your throat
  • Choking
  • Coughing
  • Drooling
  • Changes in your voice
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest or throat
  • Problems with absorbing nutrients from your food, which may lead to malnutrition and weight loss

How are Swallowing Disorders Diagnosed and Treated?

Dr. Park discusses your symptoms with you and performs a thorough physical examination. Because the structures that are used for swallowing cannot be evaluated with a visual inspection, she may recommend further tests, such as X-rays and special instruments to help her see the digestive tract.

Medications and lifestyle changes are often adequate to treat swallowing disorders. If the medications do not help, Dr. Park may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the muscles used for swallowing. Surgery may help patients who have a narrowing of the esophagus or throat that causes their swallowing disorders.

How Much Does Treatment for Swallowing Disorders Cost in Long Island, NY?

Your medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost for treatment of swallowing disorders. We review your coverage after the consultation. For your portion of the cost, we offer several payment options, including cash, checks, and major credit cards.

Swallowing disorders can affect patients of all ages in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York. If you have symptoms of a swallowing disorder, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our ENT specialist, Dr. Eunice E. Park.