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 What We Do

Swallowing difficulty, or dysphagia, is common for people with neurological conditions, head and neck cancer or after some surgeries or illnesses. Patients are referred to the Swallowing Clinic to undergo assessment of their swallowing for identification, management and treatment of dysphagia.

At the Swallowing Clinic, you will meet with a Speech Language Pathologist and a Registered Dietitian. They'll ask you questions about what you eat, test the muscles in your mouth and throat and watch you swallow. You may also have an x-ray of how you swallow, called a Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study. After the x-ray of how you swallow, the SLP and RD will show you the x-ray, review the results of assessments and may make some recommendations for you. The whole appointment takes about 2½ hours.

Tests & Services

  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Oral Motor Assessment
  • Clinical Swallowing Assessment

For some patients, the following tests may also be ordered:

  • Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) - moving x-ray of how you swallow
  • Fiberendoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES) – a scope through the nasal passage used to directly view the throat during swallowing

How to Prepare

The assessment involves watching you eat and drink different things. We have a variety of test foods in the Swallowing Clinic that we might use to assess your swallowing. If there are particular foods that you have difficulty swallowing, please bring samples to allow assessment.

Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take slightly less time, depending on the type of assessment needed, but can also be lengthy.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

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 Meet Our Team

Speech-Language Pathologist: Sherry Darling

Dietitians:
Debra MacGarvie
Kathy Cohen
Danielle Himel

Support:
Myra Marron