Voice and Swallowing Center
The Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center, a joint program with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and housed within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of disorders affecting the voice and swallowing.
Many treatment options are available at the Center that don't require hospitalization, including integrative and complementary medicine techniques.
Professional voice users such as teachers, telephone operators, physicians, singers and actors depend on their voices in their vocation. Disturbances of the voice – such as vocal fold paralysis, laryngopharyngeal reflux and airway stenosis – can signal serious illness, alter quality of life and cause occupational disability. Voice care at the Center is tailored to your acute needs and long-term goals.
Swallowing is a complex function involving the mouth, throat and esophagus. Common swallow complaints include chronic cough, gagging and choking, aspiration, painful swallowing and a feeling of a lump in the throat. Stroke, gastroesophageal disease (GERD) and cervical spine disease can also affect your swallowing function. Our experienced physicians and therapists will evaluate your condition and provide the right treatment plan for you.
Discovering New Treatment Methods
The Center is also involved with special programs and research to discover new treatment methods for voice and swallowing disorders, including spasmodic dysphonia, swallowing post head and neck cancer treatment and an endoscopic treatment of a Zenker's diverticulum.
Contact the Voice and Swallowing Center
To learn more about the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center, please call 215-955-6760. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW.