Due to the position of the facial nerve, extra care and consideration needs to be taken by any doctor performing surgery on the parotid gland.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2014
In a recent article, Dr. Babak Larian discussed the importance of reducing the risk of facial paralysis while performing parotid gland surgery by protecting the facial nerve from damage. The proximity of the facial nerve to the parotid gland increases the likelihood that the facial nerve can be compromised during parotid gland surgery. As the Director of the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery, Dr. Larian utilizes the most advanced minimally invasive techniques in order to remove parotid tumors and to preserve the facial nerve.
“Due to the position of the facial nerve, extra care and consideration needs to be taken by any doctor performing surgery on the parotid gland. Patients should seek only the most qualified parotid gland expert when undergoing surgical treatment for parotid gland disorders,” stated Dr. Larian.
The parotid glands are one of the three sets of salivary glands and are often prone to tumors, infections, and cancer. When patients develop parotid gland tumors,surgery is needed in order to remove them or else they will continue to grow larger. The facial nerve, which allows us to control movement in the face, passes through the parotid gland and tumors in the parotid gland can press against or wrap around the facial nerve. In these cases, parotid gland surgery becomes increasingly more difficult.
“Damage to the facial nerve can cause facial paralysis leading to the inability to blink, smile, use the mouth normally, and express emotion. Along with my team of experts, I work to ensure that the facial nerve is closely monitored during surgery so that its function is not compromised,” explained Dr. Larian.
While performing parotid gland surgery, Dr. Larian and his team utilize several techniques in order to preserve the facial nerve. Prior to surgery, Dr. Larian strategically plans incisions so that the facial nerve can be clearly identified and all branches visualized. During surgery, the most innovative nerve monitoring technology is utilized so that the status of the facialnerve is being checked continuously. Finally, Dr. Larian works with a renowned facial reconstructive surgeon to reconstruct the defect caused by parotid gland tumors while keeping the facial nerve intact. All of these combined strategies significantly reduce the risk that patients will experience facial paralysis during parotid gland surgery.
“It is extremely important that the facial nerve is unharmed during the surgical removal of parotid gland tumors. When performed by an expert parotid gland surgeon with years of experience, parotid gland surgery can not only successfully treat parotid gland disorders but also maintain the function of the facial nerve,” 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: http://www.parotidmd.com.