Head and neck surgery in Los Angeles CA

Graves’ Disease: General Overview
Figure 1: Illustration of the neck depicting the thyroid gland.

Graves’ Disease: General Overview

What is Graves’ Disease? The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located on the front of the neck below the larynx. It’s function is to produce hormones, called T3 and…

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Accessory Parotid Gland Tumor Surgery
Figure 1: Key point comparison of traditional parotidectomy vs. intraoral gland resection.

Accessory Parotid Gland Tumor Surgery

  Is there an alternative to parotidectomy for accessory parotid gland tumor surgery? Question: I recently made an appointment with my primary care physician because I began to experience swelling…

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Sialendoscopy: Removal of Large Stones
Figure 1. Salivary gland stones counted and measured for display after removal from the ductal system via a sialendoscopy procedure performed at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute. After salivary stones are removed they are correlated with stones visualized on a preoperative CT scan.

Sialendoscopy: Removal of Large Stones

  Can large salivary gland stones be removed without surgery? Question: A few weeks ago I started to have pain and swelling along my lower jaw during eating. I also…

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Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy
Figure 1. View of post-operative incision after minimally invasive endoscopic thyroidectomy.

Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy

  Can unsightly thyroidectomy scars be avoided? Question: Over the past year I have developed symptoms of sweating, palpitations, high blood pressure and anxiety that my physician has said are…

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Frey’s Syndrome – Facial sweating and flushing
Figure 1A: Between the ear and dotted line demarcates a parotid and fascial defect from a previous surgery. Figure 1B: Placement of a graft to correct the parotid defect and prevent or treat Frey’s syndrome.

Frey’s Syndrome – Facial sweating and flushing

  Is Frey’s Syndrome an avoidable surgical complication of parotid surgery? Question: I recently had surgery to have my parotid gland removed. I noticed that a short time after surgery,…

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Salivary Gland Stones Treatment: Lithotripsy
Figure: Left - CT scan of the head with a visible stone in the right parotid salivary gland. Right – Lithotripsy patient undergoing procedure.

Salivary Gland Stones Treatment: Lithotripsy

  Is lithotripsy an option for the treatment of salivary stones? Question: My ENT doctor diagnosed me with “sialolithiasis”, a salivary gland stone. Before my diagnosis, I periodically noticed that…

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