March 21, 2008

Minimally Invasive Surgery to Correct Hyper-Nasal Speech

Dr. Chang performs minimally invasive correction of nasal speech due to velopharyngeal insufficiency. This procedure entails the use of endoscopic techniques to precisely correct the defect without the use of incisions or soft palate reconstruction. Only patients with a small defect are candidates. In order to determine the size of the defect to see if a patient is a candidate, video nasal endoscopy is performed. Examples of exams are shown on this webpage as well.

Please contact our office if you would like to make an appt to see if your hypernasal speech is amenable to this minimally invasive procedure.

If You Live Far Away
Our office has treated patients who live far away. If this is true for you as well, these are the steps to take:

1) Have a local ENT video record a nasopharyngoscopy exam as shown on our website. How the exam is performed is shown here. Make sure the exam records BOTH VIDEO AND AUDIO!!! During this exam, say the following words/phrases shown on this document, especially those in bold.
2) Mail the video/audio exam to Dr. Chang.
3) After Dr. Chang reviews the exam and feels you are a good candidate, check with your insurance company to see if you can come to our office for an appointment and have surgery. If Dr. Chang is out-of-network, have your local doctor help you obtain out-of-network insurance coverage.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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