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Head and Neck Surgery

Why choose Wayne Health for head and neck surgery?

The doctors in Wayne Health’s division of Head and Neck Surgery are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the head and neck. Physicians are board-certified Otolaryngologists who have years of experience in the management and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients.

Working with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, our physicians evaluate new patients, review their reports and tests, and discuss their diagnosis and treatment at a Tumor Board meeting at either Karmanos Cancer Institute or Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, to reach consensus on a treatment approach.

We are skilled in the latest treatment methods, including endoscopic and robotic procedures that are less invasive and help shorten recovery time. Many of our patients are evaluated and treated at Karmanos Cancer Institute or another of our affiliated hospital locations.

Our primary focus is on providing outstanding patient care. Our physicians believe it is important for patients to play an active role in their diagnosis and treatment.

Wayne Health head and neck surgery services offered

  • Cancers of mouth, throat or voice box
  • Benign tumors of the head and neck
  • Cancer of the nasal cavity and nasopharynx
  • Thyroid cancer, benign thyroid tumors, goiter, parathyroid tumorsHead and neck sarcomas
  • Skull base and sinus tumors
  • Vascular tumors
  • Paragangliomas Carotid body tumor
  • Lymphomas
  • Facial Trauma
  • Airway Obstruction and Tracheotomy
  • Airway stenosis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis

Symptoms

People with head and neck cancer often experience the following symptoms or signs. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk to your doctor. Early detection significantly increases success rates for head and neck cancer.

  • Swelling or sore that does not heal (the most common symptom)
  • Red or white patch in the mouth
  • Lump, bump, or mass in the head or neck area (with or without pain)
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Foul mouth odor not explained by hygiene
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion
  • Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Double vision
  • Numbness or weakness of a body part in the head and neck region
  • Pain or difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaws or tongue
  • Ear and/or jaw pain
  • Blood in the saliva or phlegm (mucus discharged in the mouth from respiratory passages)
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Dentures that no longer fit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue

Risk factors

What puts you at risk for oral cancer?

Things that increase your risk for oral cancer include using tobacco and heavy alcohol use. Other risk factors are being male, using marijuana, and having HPV infection. For cancers of the lip, exposure over a long period of time to ultraviolet light from the sun or from tanning beds increases risk.

Some combinations of risk factors, such as using tobacco and drinking alcohol, increase the risk for oral cancer more than either risk factor alone. The same is true for using marijuana if you have high-risk HPV infection.

Diagnosis

Oral cancer

Your dentist or doctor may look closely at your lips, mouth, or throat to check for signs of oral cancer. Other tests may be needed if there are possible signs of cancer. These tests may include a biopsy, an X-ray, or an MRI

Thyroid cancer

If you have a lump in your neck that could be thyroid cancer, your doctor may do a biopsy of your thyroid gland to check for cancer cells. A biopsy is a simple procedure in which a small piece of the thyroid tissue is removed, usually with a needle, and then checked.

Sometimes the results of a biopsy are not clear. In this case, you may need surgery to remove all or part of your thyroid gland before you find out if you have thyroid cancer.

Wayne Health's approach to treatment

Advancing research and medical education

Physicians and researchers at Wayne Health are also faculty members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct research and clinical studies. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other health providers without a medical school affiliation.

As a world leader in head and neck cancer, our physicians participate in numerous clinical trials on the detection and treatment of head and neck cancer.

For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.