Swallowing disorders are estimated to impact 15 million American adults and countless numbers of children. That’s nearly one out of 20 people. For a disorder that is so prevalent, there is a lack of awareness. One of the primary goals of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders is to raise awareness of dysphagia (i.e., swallowing disorders). Over the past two years, the NFOSD has initiated a University Outreach Program to educate students in health care programs to learn more about the prevalence and impact that dysphagia has on patients.
Breaking news – The Swallow Expansion Device (SED) – a potential game changer for patients with profound oropharyngeal dysphagia. In early January 2015 the SED was implanted into Jeff Mauerman, a cancer survivor who is feeding tube dependent due to oropharyngeal dysphagia. This is the first FDA Approved Clinical Trial that allows a Medical Piercing to Control a Body Sphincter (Part 1 of 2)
Byline: Ed Steger, President, National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders
Disclosure: Dr. Peter Belafsky is the Medical Director of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders.
[Editor’s note. This story is based on an interview between Jeff Mauerman and Ed Steger that was conducted on February 4, 2015. This is five weeks after surgery and two months before he will know the extent, if at all, to which he will be able to swallow again.]
The State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is conducting a series of fund raisers for the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD).
The second event is scheduled for Thursday October 24, 2013 at “McGillicuddy’s” from 5 – 9 PM. Ten percent of all dining sales will go to the NFOSD. Thank you McGillicuddy’s and thank you SUNY NSSHLA.