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Does any surgeon have experience with parotid gland tumor surgery?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
ENTs and Head & Neck: Doctors familiar with/trained in head & neck surgery should talk with you about parotid issues. Most are ents but some are general surgeons and that's fine, too, if they have the experience needed. In these cases, a face-to-face consultation works best so the doctor can examine you, discuss your options and make a plan with you. They should always talk about the risk to the facial nerve.
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 35 years experience
Several kinds: Otorhinolaryngologists (ENT) or general surgeons are the usual types of surgeons who do this. Some oral surgeons do as well. However, these practitioners vary in the focus of their practice. Best to ask them directly.
Dr. David Schleimer
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ENT or OS: Parotid gland disease can be successfully treated ty ENT and maxillo-facial surgeons: one major caveat: if it is the gland that needs to be removed or a pathology very proximal to the gland: a neurologic disruption may occur: facial nerve can be disrupted and its branches pass through the parotid gland and supply motor innervation to the muscles of facial expression can cause serious effects.
Dr. Michael Nordstrom
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Parotid tumor: Currently, most parotid tumors are treated by otolaryngologists (ent docs). This is a surgical specialty that requires 5 years of training after medical school. Most ENT docs are trained in this but not all practice it. Find an ENT doc that does this surgery. Although there are many general surgeons who may feel comfortable doing this operation few are now trained in this procedure.

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Last updated May 3, 2015

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