Speech, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders
Speaking and swallowing are incredibly complex processes. Trouble swallowing (dysphagia), chronic laryngitis, and other disorders of the throat or voice box (larynx) can have a major impact on your day-to-day life.
University of Iowa Health Care’s team includes experienced otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists who specialize in speech, voice, and swallowing disorders.
Your whole care team is focused on improving your health and quality of life.
An expert team, working together for you
Our otolaryngologists collaborate with other UI Health Care experts to provide the treatment you need.
Speech, voice, and swallowing disorders can arise in the lungs, brain, gastrointestinal tract, and other systems of the body.
Depending on your condition, your treatment team might include the following specialists in addition to your otolaryngologist:
They work together to create your treatment plan and coordinate your care.
The most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments
UI Health Care specialists draw on years of experience and an array of leading-edge technology to choose the best way to treat your condition. We offer a full range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments.
Many procedures, such as laser treatments of the larynx, can be performed right in your otolaryngologist's office without the need for surgery.
If you do need a surgical procedure, our team is highly skilled in performing minimally invasive surgeries and precision microsurgeries.
Members of our team are also involved in research aimed at better patient experiences and better outcomes for speech, voice, and swallowing disorders. You may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial that offers you access to innovative new treatments.
Speech, voice, and swallowing disorders tests and treatments
- 24-hour esophageal pH test
- Botulinum toxin injections (Botox)
- Carbon dioxide laser treatment
- Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study
- Endoscopic laser cricopharyngeal myotomy
- Endoscopic Zenker's diverticulectomy
- Laryngeal phonosurgery
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Modified barium swallow study
- Potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) laser treatment
- Speech-language pathology evaluation
- Speech therapy
- Swallowing therapy
- Transnasal esophagoscopy
- Vocal cord injections
- Vocal cord medialization
- Vocal fold injections
- Voice therapy
Speech, voice, and swallowing disorders conditions treated
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Chronic cough
- Chronic laryngitis
- Cognitive communication impairments
- Cricopharyngeal dysfunction (throat spasm)
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Slurred speech (dysarthria)
- Trouble breathing (dyspnea)
- Essential tremor
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Globus sensation
- Hoarseness (dysphonia)
- Laryngeal cancer
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)
- Leukoplakia (mouth lesions)
- Lump in throat
- Multiple sclerosis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Parkinson's disease
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Stridor (noisy breathing)
- Subglottic stenosis (narrowing of the airway)
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Vocal cord scarring
- Vocal nodules
- Vocal polyps
- Zenker's diverticulum