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Head & Neck Surgery

  • What is Head & Neck Surgery?

    Head and neck surgery includes surgical procedures to diagnose and treat head and neck cancers, thyroid nodules, malignant (cancerous) thyroid conditions and salivary gland diseases.

    Surgeons will work together with other disciplines including dental surgery, otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat), neurosurgery (brain surgery), reconstructive and therapeutic surgery and radiotherapy.

    This multidisciplinary participation is important for the treatment and management of head and neck cancers. The tumours have to be entirely removed, followed by reconstructive surgery to repair the shape and function of the affected organ, as well as therapy for speech, swallowing and breathing. Radiotherapy or chemotherapy might also be needed following the surgery. Some common procedures include:

    • Surgical oncology such as laryngectomy (removal of the larynx), and tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils)
    • Minimally invasive techniques for thyroidectomy, skull-base surgery (tumour removal) and endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Surgery is used to treat head and neck cancer. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and suggest an individual treatment plan that is most suitable for you. The treatment plan depends on several factors including the location of the tumour, the stage and grade of cancer, your age and your overall general health. The surgery will remove the entire tumour and nearby tissues and lymph nodes. It might also be followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

  • At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process. Enquire to find out about the range of services we offer.  

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