|Authors||Shama L, Connor NP, Ciucci MR, McCulloch TM|
|Journal||Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am Volume: 19 Issue: 4 Pages: 817-35, ix|
|Publish Date||2008 Nov|
The role of surgery in the management of dysphagia is clear in some areas and controversial in others. Evaluation for the causes of dysphagia can elucidate conditions in which surgery can improve safety, quality of life, or both. Surgical therapy, when indicated, is safe and effective for many causes of dysphagia. This article includes a general overview of the causes of dysphagia that can be addressed successfully with surgery as well as a discussion of why surgery may be less appropriate for other conditions associated with dysphagia.