Finding care for your voice issues is extremely important. The ability to express our thoughts and emotions as well as to connect with others is invaluable. Voice concerns may include inability to produce a voice, difficulty in making one’s voice louder, undesired changes in pitch, tremors or shakiness of voice, and pain or soreness with voicing. Any voice issue lasting longer than 4 weeks should be assessed to prevent long-lasting issues. These problems can often by evaluated in the office with the use of laryngoscope and stroboscopy which we employ at White Rock ENT. While all Otolaryngologists (ENTs) are trained in the basics of vocal issues, Dr. Venkatesan completed a fellowship in laryngology to expand these skills.
Some of the conditions related to voice that we treat include the following:
- Vocal Nodules
- Vocal Polyps and Cysts
- Vocal Fold Paralysis
- Vocal Spasms or Tremors
- Aging Voice
- Voicing Issues in Singers
If you do not find your specific problem above, please contact us regardless. We will be happy to assess and address any voice concerns you have.
Airway difficulties can cause intermittent or persistent problems. Certain airway issues may arise from a problem within the lungs. However, your breathing difficulty may arise from conditions affecting the vocal folds or the trachea. These conditions can be evaluated with a bronchoscopy or a visual assessment using a scope of the airways. These include the following:
- Vocal Fold Dysfunction (also known as Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement)
- Glottic and Subglottic Narrowing (Stenosis)
- Tracheal Narrowing (Stenosis)
- Chronic Cough
If you do not find your specific problem above, please contact us regardless. We will be happy to assess and address any airway concerns you have.
Trouble swallowing, or dysphagia, affects millions of Americans. Issues with swallowing may range from a constant irritation or feeling of a lump in the throat to routine difficulty passing solids and/or liquids. Issues with swallowing require a complete assessment from lips to the stomach as problems may arise anywhere along the way. A comprehensive evaluation includes both imaging and endoscopy. Evaluation of the esophagus is not common among ENTs.
During his fellowship in laryngology, Dr. Venkatesan spent an extensive time assessing patients with dysphagia which includes performing trans-nasal esophagoscopy (TNE) and swallowing evaluations in the office. Further, he has given lectures at conferences and participated in teaching other physicians the basics of esophagoscopy. The benefit of trans-nasal esophagoscopy is that it can be performed in the clinic with topical anesthesia. This method allows the physician to assess the patient’s swallowing of liquids and food while the patient is awake.
Some of the conditions related to swallowing that we treat include the following:
- Globus Sensation (Lump in Throat)
- Zenker Diverticulum
- Cricopharyngeal Muscle Issues
- Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease
- Schatzki Rings
- Post-Radiation Strictures or inability to swallow completely
- Dysphagia following Head and Neck Surgery for cancers
If you do not find your specific problem above, please contact us regardless. Difficulty swallowing is troubling and often requires a comprehensive work-up. If you suffer from episodes of trouble swallowing solids or liquids weekly or more frequently, you should consider an assessment. We will be happy to assess and address any swallowing concerns you have.