Healthcare: Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Airway, Voice & Swallowing

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Baylor Medicine’s Institute for Voice and Swallowing is focused on serving patients with voice, airway, and swallowing disorders.  Our team utilizes specialized medical, surgical, and behavioral techniques to diagnose and treat voice and speech conditions, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), chronic cough, and conditions involving the upper airway, larynx, and trachea.

Our faculty, with specialty training in laryngology, collaborate with speech-language pathology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, thoracic surgery, psychiatry, and surgical pathology to provide multidisciplinary, personalized care. 

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Conditions We Treat

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  • Voice problems
  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal fold nodules, polyps, and other benign lesions
  • Early-stage laryngeal cancer
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Laryngeal stenosis
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Zenker’s diverticulum
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Chronic cough
  • Muscle tension dysphonia
  • Dysphagia
  • Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
  • Vocal misuse and overuse
  • Recurrent laryngitis
  • Reinke’s edema
  • Gastroesophageal reflux laryngitis
     
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Program for Interventional Laryngology. For vocal lesions that require surgery, our team brings state-of-the-art devices and techniques with minimally invasive approaches in order to achieve the proper priorities of cure and improving or maintaining voice and swallowing function. We’ve championed office-based, endoscopic and open surgical procedures for benign lesions, leukoplakia, papilloma, early laryngeal malignancy, vocal paresis and paralysis, among other conditions we treat.

Program in Dysphagia and the Voice in Movement Disorders. We take a comprehensive approach to meet the voice and swallowing needs of patients with neuromuscular diseases, to include patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, Huntington's disease, and many other areas championed by the Department of Neurology. Using office-based and other ways to diagnose these issues, we seek to 1) maintain quality of life in these patients, 2) recognize and reduce aspiration risk, and 3) identify and maintain nutritional status. It is also important to strive to improve upon the voice and communication needs of these important patients.

Program for Chronic Cough. Chronic cough is a fairly common problem for which patients seek medical attention, and it is sometimes complicated to determine the major contributing or causative factors. We take a systematic approach with evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to bring best practice to our patients. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary program is designed to determine possible contributions from the nose and sinuses, the lungs, and from gastroesophageal reflux disease, the three most common areas.