Board-Certified Beverly Hills Surgeon Discusses New Device that Helps Monitor Nerves and Muscles During Surgery

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La Peer Health Systems’ renowned ENT surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, explains how the innovative Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator assists doctors during surgery and why such a device is important for physicians performing parotid gland surgery.

Babak Larian MD
Detecting and monitoring nerves and muscles during surgery is a tactic that all surgeons should employ for the benefit and safety of patients.

The Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator is a new medical advancement designed to assist doctors in locating and stimulating nerves and muscles during surgery. This hand-held device allows surgeons to stimulate the nerves and muscles during procedures with a type of stimulation that closely mimics natural nerve activity thereby not tiring or injuring the nerve. Babak Larian, MD, FACS, Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Beverly Hills, expertly performs surgery in the parotid gland and isolates the facial nerve that controls movement in the face and understands how important a tool like the Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator can be for doctors.

“It is critical that doctors be able to accurately identify the facial nerve and all its branches during surgery to avoid any nerve damage, and assure maximal function,” explained Dr. Larian.

Developed by a team of experts in the medical and engineering field, the Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator allows surgeons to be in control of stimulating nerves and muscles in order to increase accuracy and efficiency during surgical procedures. Head and neck surgeries in particular pose a greater risk of potential nerve damage and it takes a skilled surgeon to navigate this area with precision. The Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator has been utilized successfully in head and neck surgeries including parotidectomy, a procedure that Dr. Larian has pioneered over the years.

“Surgeries to remove tumors in the head and neck, and specifically in the parotid, are often complex procedures that require the surgeon to be very aware of all the delicate surrounding nerves. The tumor may distort the normal nerve anatomy or it may wrap around the nerve; in these cases having great expertise in nerve anatomy is most important, but having a nerve stimulator that can stimulate the nerve from a certain distance away can be very helpful. It is important that surgeons operate on the head and neck with the utmost care,” stated Dr. Larian.

At the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Larian treats parotid gland diseases using the revolutionary micro-parotidectomy. This procedure allows surgical expert Dr. Larian to remove parotid gland tumors in the most minimally invasive way possible. Due to the parotid gland’s proximity to the facial nerve, Dr. Larian performs each parotidectomy with impressive skill and attention. Dr. Larian is committed to keeping the facial nerve fully functional while still removing tumors from the parotid gland. In the capable hands of Dr. Larian, the Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator provides an additional resource for delivering quality treatment to each patient.

“Detecting and monitoring nerves and muscles during surgery is a tactic that all surgeons should employ for the benefit and safety of patients. This new device is an additional tool that can prove very helpful in difficult cases or revision cases and has the potential to enhance surgical performance and provide incredible results for patients,” said Dr. Larian.

World-renowned parotid gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, is a graduate of the highly regarded U.C. Irvine School of Medicine and has completed a six-year residency program in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA. As the Director of the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian and his team of experts are responsible for the performance of cutting-edge minimally invasive salivary gland surgeries. Dr. Larian aims to provide his patients with the best possible care and surgical outcomes 100% of the time.

For more information about Dr. Larian and the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery, please contact his office today by calling (310) 461-0300 or visit him on the web at:

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