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.]