Swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia, can put a damper on many aspects of your life. The ear, nose, and throat (ENT) experts at University of Miami Health System are recognized as leaders in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. We are here to help you obtain an accurate diagnosis and deliver personalized treatment to help ease your dysphagia.
Swallowing disorders are classified depending on where the problem occurs:
- Esophageal phase: when a person has trouble when food or drink moves through the esophagus and into the stomach
- Oral phase: when a person has trouble sucking, chewing, and moving food or drink into the throat
- Pharyngeal phase: when a person has trouble starting the swallowing reflex, or has trouble sealing off the airway when moving food or drink into the throat
Highly varied, the symptoms of swallowing disorders include:
- Coughing during or directly after eating or drinking
- Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
- Food or drink leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
- Wet or gurgling sound during or directly after eating or drinking
Why Choose UHealth?
Ranked No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the team’s dedication to excellence in research patient care and outcomes. Surgeons, audiologists, biomedical engineers, speech pathologists, researchers, and psychologists collaborate with many research programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to deliver the best possible multidisciplinary care to pediatric and adult ear, nose, and throat patients.
World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.