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Providing Swallow Diagnostics in Denver, CO
If you have dysphagia or other types of swallowing or speech problems, you may benefit from comprehensive swallow diagnostics in Denver, CO. When it comes to studying swallowing disorders, we use a variety of specialized equipment to get an up-close look at what exactly happens when you eat, drink, breathe, and speak. While these processes are relatively simple for many people, for those with dysphagia it can be an uncomfortable, embarrassing, or even dangerous process.
At Nelson Mobile FEES, we provide reliable swallow studies for patients in many different locations. FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) is now the first-choice method for studying swallowing disorders in adults because it is cost-effective, timely, and less invasive. We use sensitive, accurate, portable, and safe instrumentation that provides anatomical and physiological information. These results inform the development of individual treatment and compensatory strategies for dysphagia. Additionally, FEES eliminates the need for radiation exposure and provides a digital recording of the procedure.
Types of Swallowing Disorders
Dysphagia is a condition in children and adults that can make it difficult to eat, drink, speak, and breathe. Although chewing and swallowing may seem like a relatively simple process, there are three main phases during which patients may experience difficulty:
Oral Phase – Sucking, chewing, and moving food and liquid into the throat
Pharyngeal Phase – Beginning to swallow and move food down the throat, closing the airway to prevent food and liquid from entering the lungs
Esophageal Phase – Opening and closing the esophagus to squeeze food down to the stomach
When it comes to studying swallowing disorders, we use specialized equipment to examine each phase of the swallowing process. There are many potential causes of dysphagia including stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, chronic conditions, neck injuries, and mouth or neck surgery. With swallow diagnostics, your medical team can help determine the cause of your difficulties and possible solutions to make your life easier.
Why Choose FEES Over MBSS?
Examining the throat and a patient’s ability to swallow can be done by two methods: FEES and MBSS. Modified barium swallow studies, or MBSS, uses radioactive barium-coated food to track movement through the mouth, throat, and into the stomach. It must be conducted on an upright patient in a special location with multiple medical specialists. It can be an incredibly stressful and taxing event, especially for patients who are already ill or dealing with injuries or recent surgeries. When it comes to FEEs vs. MBSS, most patients prefer our method because it can be done at their bedside or any other location, doesn’t require exposure to radiation, and is as accurate or more accurate than MBSS.
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As a local provider of FEES studies since 2015, we appreciate that you may have a preference for where you have an evaluation. That is why we are happy to announce that we have established offices in Arvada, Colorado called Nelson Swallowing & Neurological Rehab. Now you can choose to have your FEES done at bedside, in our office, in a care facility, at a private practice, in a hospital, or in an otolaryngologist's office.
Contact us to discuss your needs and schedule an appointment with our team. We are proudly based in Denver, Colorado.