Expert Thyroid Surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, Discusses the Best Treatment for Thyroid Cancer

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Dr. Babak Larian, Director of the Center for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Beverly Hills, shares the details of the innovative surgical procedure that removes cancerous tumors from the thyroid gland.

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Fortunately, thyroid cancer has a very successful treatment rate, especially when diagnosed and treated in its early stages.

In a recently published article, head and neck surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, details the most effective method for the treatment of thyroid cancer: minimally invasive thyroidectomy. This cutting-edge procedure utilizes a very small incision in order to remove malignant thyroid tumors. There are several benefits to undergoing a minimally invasive thyroidectomy as opposed to a traditional thyroidectomy.

“The trauma of surgery is greatly reduced when a minimally invasive thyroidectomy is performed. Patients experience less pain, a shorter recovery time, and a much smaller scar,” explains Dr. Larian.

The thyroid gland is located under skin and muscle layers at the bottom of the neck. Thyroid cancer develops from malignant tumors that start as small nodules. Most diagnosed with thyroid cancer will have papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most common type of thyroid cancer that commonly spreads to the nearby lymph nodes, but not to other areas of the body.

“The thyroid gland plays a very integral role in the body and monitors many important body systems. It is crucial that patients who suspect an abnormality with their thyroid seek medical attention from a thyroid specialist. When diagnosed in its early stages, thyroid cancer is easier to treat and cure,” says Dr. Larian.

Thyroid cancer affects about 40,000 Americans per year and the instances of thyroid cancer are increasing by 4% every year. At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery, board-certified surgeon Dr. Larian is a specialist in treating various types of head and neck cancers. His extensive knowledge of the anatomy of the neck allows him to expertly perform the minimally invasive thyroidectomy safely and effectively. Dr. Larian consults with each potential patient to determine whether the minimally invasive thyroidectomy is the ideal treatment for them.

“Fortunately, thyroid cancer has a very successful treatment rate, especially when diagnosed and treated in its early stages. Using minimally invasive procedures, we are able to provide quality care and treatment to patients with thyroid cancer and leave them with minimal pain, recovery time, and scarring,” states Dr. Larian.    

Babak Larian, MD, FACS, is a highly regarded Head & Neck Surgeon who places an emphasis on providing his patients with the best treatments available. Dr. Larian has a highly specialized knowledge in the performance of minimally invasive thyroid procedures and strives to stay at the cutting-edge of medicine. Upon completion of his medical degree at the prestigious University of California—Irvine Medical School, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology at UCLA. Dr. Larian currently holds the acclaimed position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the treatment of thyroid disorders, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles by calling (310) 461-0300. Further information may be acquired by visiting

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