Swallowing Disorders

Common Causes of Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) can range from mild complaints of sensation of a lump in the throat to complete inability to take anything by mouth.

Common causes of dysphagia include:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) – also called silent reflux
  • Disorders affecting the function of the esophagus (motility disorders)
  • Previous treatment for Head and Neck Cancer
  • Strictures of esophagus (scar tissue restricting passage of food)
  • Esophagitis (inflammatory conditions of the esophagus)

Common Treatment Options

Some common treatment options for swallowing disorders include:

  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Therapy (NMES)
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Cricopharyngeal Myotomy
  • Endoscopic Zenker’s Repair

Many of these treatments are minimally invasive and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Boon has lectured nationally on surgical treatment of swallowing disorders.

Dr. Boon is Co-Director of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center.

At this center, we perform comprehensive and the most up to date evaluation of swallowing problems and offer a wide range of treatment options that are directed at the underlying problem.