Dysphagia in Flagstaff, AZ

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What Is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the inability or struggle to eat or drink food and/or liquid. Different disorders, diseases, and conditions can cause dysphagia. There are three types of dysphagia:

Oral dysphagia: Tongue weakness after a stroke, difficulty chewing food, or neuromuscular issues are problems that trigger dysphagia in the mouth.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia: This problem is set in the throat and can be the result of a neurological or muscular condition.
Esophageal dysphagia: Usually caused when something blocks or compresses the esophagus, such as scar tissue from acid reflux, this type of dysphagia could also result in a muscular disorder or pouches in the esophagus.

Dysphagia may occur because of muscle spasms in the esophagus due to insufficient chewing or other internal complications. Individuals also describe dysphagia as a feeling of food being lodged in the chest or neck. Should you experience such symptoms and need treatment for dysphagia, contact our skilled medical care team at Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in Flagstaff, AZ to learn more about the treatments available that will help you get back to a better life.

How Is Dysphagia Treated?

Our expert team at Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery will perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the extent of dysphagia. We offer several treatment options to meet your personal needs. Common treatments for dysphagia include:

  • Prescribed medications to reduce acid reflux
  • Antibiotics if related to strep throat
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen swallowing muscles
  • Surgical intervention
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Special liquid diet or feeding tube (for severe cases)

I am very pleased to be a patient in Dr. Fratianni’s practice. My chronic ear/nasal issues were negatively affecting my quality of life and I needed expert advice. Dr. Fratianni took the time to advise me on my test results. She incorporated my results into a comprehensive medical plan, one that supports better health and wellness. Dr. Fratianni has given me the confidence to become my own advocate/ partner in my health care — for this I am thankful. Now, my quality of life has improved and I can enjoy my active lifestyle again. Thank you Crystal Canyon ENT

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Went for hearing loss,1 ear. CCENT  made an appintment for next day, took me on time, measured hearing in a sound-proof room, cleaned my ears, found an infection in the ear & nose, wrote a prescription & protocol, all in 30min, no rush, just no wasted time. Hearing’s now better than ever. Thanks!

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A truly great practice! Everyone there is super knowledgeable and seems to genuinely care about everyone they interact with - both in person and over the phone. I have had surgery through this clinic and have always had exceptional care.

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Doctors are very knowledgeable. Great staff. Dr Fratianni is great.

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Dysphagia Treatment Available

If you or a family member are experiencing the inability or difficulty swallowing, liquid or food regurgitating from the nose, hoarseness, acid reflux, or any other symptoms associated with dysphagia, schedule an appointment with our caring team at Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in Flagstaff, AZ as soon as possible. It is especially vital to see a doctor if weight loss or vomiting is involved with symptoms of dysphagia.

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