If you have taken numerous antibiotics or they are no longer helpful for throat infections, then a tonsillectomy may be beneficial. Removing the adenoids, espcially in children, can help with ear problems, sinus problems and breathing through the nose.
Thyroid nodules are sometimes followed with ultrasound measurements. When nodules or masses are enlarging a fine needle biopsy may be necessary. A thyroidectomy is necessary for thyroid cancers or masses that are concerning or causing problems.
We perform flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy, in the office, to visualize the vocal fold motion and appearance. The procedure can be video taped to show the results and saved for future reference. Removal of vocal fold polyps or biopsies of abnormal growths can often be performed under anesthesia in the Tower Surgery Center.
Salivary glands may become blocked by stones or frequently infected. Removing a salivary stone may solve the problem, but sometimes the salivary gland should be removed.
Benign tumors of the salivary glands can arise in front of the ear or below the jawline. They are often removed to prevent continued growth.
We believe in prompt diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer. We work with Stanford University and Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology to quickly start the treatment process. We then follow individuals through their treatments and recovery.