The laryngology team at UW Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of diseases affecting the throat. This includes all aspects of care related to voice, airway and swallowing disorders. UW Laryngology is unsurpassed in the breadth and depth of clinical practice of contemporary laryngology at the highest level. The multidisciplinary approach to patient care practiced by our team of laryngologists and voice/swallow therapists follows an ideal model of collaborative care. All members are intimately familiar with the complex anatomy and physiology of the larynx, pharynx, trachea and esophagus.
Conditions treated include:
- Hoarseness affecting your speaking voice
- Hoarseness affecting your singing voice, for both for professional singers and enthusiasts
- Vocal cord paralysis/weak vocal cords
- Aging voice
- Vocal fold nodules/cysts/polyps
- Laryngeal cancer - early and advanced
- Spasmodic dysphonia and other neurological disorders affecting the larynx
- Laryngeal papilloma/recurrent respiratory papilloma (RRP)
- Swallowing problems – food getting “stuck” or “going down the wrong way”
- Zenker’s diverticulum affecting swallowing
- Globus sensation – the feeling of a “lump” in the throat
- Breathing problems related to your throat or trachea – this includes glottis, subglottic, and tracheal stenosis.
- Chronic tracheotomy – evaluation for possible decannulation (getting rid of the tracheotomy)
- Chronic throat pain
- Throat clearing, reflux affecting the throat
- Chronic cough/neurogenic cough
- Paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction/VCD
Our treatment plans emphasize patient education and preservation or restoration of normal anatomy wherever possible. We place special emphasis on rehabilitation strategies designed to maintain and recover function using state-of-the-art medical and surgical therapies to ensure the most favorable outcomes.
- Treatment of laryngeal cancer – both minimally invasive and open techniques
- In-office vocal fold surgery including vocal fold augmentation for paralysis, in-office laser for vocal fold growths and tumors, and airway dilation
- Botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia and other neurological disorders affecting the larynx
- Office-based and surgical treatment for benign voice disorders such as vocal fold nodules, polyps, and cysts
- Laser treatment for airway diseases
- Both endoscopic and open surgery for Zenker’s diverticulum
- Comprehensive care of vocal fold paralysis – including diagnostic laryngeal EMG, office-based injection, laryngoplasty, traditional framework surgery, and laryngeal reinnervation
We work closely with our UWMC colleagues in speech/language pathology for assessment and treatment planning. We have a deep relationship with the related areas of the UW Medicine system, including UW Pulmonary Medicine, Gastroenterology, Neurology, and the Center for Esophageal Surgery to provide comprehensive diagnostics and care. The result is an enhanced, coordinated approach to treatment of the whole patient.
The University of Washington laryngology program is a productive and well-regarded center for clinical research related to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. There is an ongoing interchange with colleagues in Speech and Hearing Sciences to help advance our shared areas of clinical care and scholarly interest.