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Swallow Therapy

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, affects millions of Americans. This condition, which is sometimes a side effect of stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy and other conditions, can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and, in some cases, life threatening. It can also increase a person’s risk of developing respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

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Personalized Therapy for Swallowing Disorders

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, affects millions of Americans. This condition, which is sometimes a side effect of stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy and other conditions, can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and, in some cases, life threatening. It can also increase a person’s risk of developing respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

Advanced Tools for Analyzing Dysphagia

Our speech pathology staff is trained and certified to provide VitalStim therapy, a leading edge treatment for swallowing disorders.

North Kansas City Hospital’s speech-language pathologists are also trained to conduct modified barium swallow studies, a procedure used to analyze the swallow mechanism using live X-ray fluoroscopy to observe foods and liquids as they travel through the mouth and throat. This noninvasive procedure involves swallowing foods and liquids containing barium during the live X-ray. Video swallow studies can help therapists better understand the physiology behind your swallowing disorder and confirm the presence of dysphagia.

Learn more about dysphasia at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Get more information on speech & language therapy at North Kansas City Hospital.

Contact Us

For more information on swallow therapy at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.