For months , Edward Moore could enjoy conversation with his family but not meal time. Moore couldn’t eat because of a painful side effect of cancer treatment which left him with an inability to swallow. But all that changed when he met Sara Whadler a Speech Pathologist and Rehabilitation Specialist who hooked Moore up, literally,with a breakthrough treatment called VitalStim® Therapy. The VitalStim uses tiny electrodes which are hooked up under the chin; the electrodes are programmed to this hand held device which sends electrical stimulation to the muscles needed to swallow.
It sends a small current into the swallowing muscles to cause a muscle contraction.
Special exercises are preformed with a contraction, Whadler began to help Moore build back the strength to swallow again, gradually then with work through his therapist and on his own, things continue to get better. Until finally, not only could he drink water and thin beverages but he could eat one of his favorite foods. Check this out - Butter Pecan ice cream. That use to be something he craved. He can now swallow with ease. An amazing breakthrough , he said that left him once again, not just enjoying family time but meal time too.
With your Medical Ed – Liz Bonus