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At Hebert Medical Group, we specialize in a wide range of head and neck procedures to treat conditions such as thyroid disorders, masses, benign tumors and cancer of the mouth, salivary glands, larynx or other structures within the head and neck area. Our doctors are highly skilled in treating these sensitive conditions and help restore the health and overall quality of life of our patients through advanced procedures, many of which can be performed using minimally invasive techniques.
The best procedure for your individual condition will be determined after a physical examination and one-on-one discussion with your doctor.
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A benign tumor is an abnormal growth of cells that can develop in nearly any area of the head and neck, when there is a malfunction in the process of cell growth and death. These tumors do not contain cancerous cells and do not spread to other areas of the body, although they can grow and lead to other types of damage if not treated properly.
Treatment for a benign tumor usually involves surgical excision to thoroughly remove the tumor. Some tumors may require nuclear medicine or chemotherapy to eradicate the tumor. Your doctor will determine the best treatment approach for you based on the size and location of the tumor, as well as your overall health. In most cases, these tumors do not grow back and will not require any additional treatment.
Cancer of the mouth refers to cancer that develops in area of the mouth, including the lips, gums, tongue and cheeks. Patients with these diseases may experience sores within the mouth, white or reddish patches, loose teeth, tongue pain, jaw stiffness, difficulty swallowing and other troubling symptoms, depending on the location and severity of the cancer.
These diseases are most likely to affect patients who use tobacco or have experienced excessive sun exposure on the lips, as well as those with a family history of mouth cancer. Treatment can vary depending on the location of the cancerous tissue, but may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or targeted drug therapy.
Head and neck cancers encompass several different diseases that can affect the mouth, nose, throat and other surrounding areas. These diseases are most often caused by tobacco and alcohol use, especially cancer of the oral cavity and larynx. Other factors that may lead to cancer include sun exposure, HPV, and radiation exposure. Tobacco use is linked to 85 percent of head and neck cancers.
Fortunately, many people with head and neck cancers experience symptoms right away that lead to an early diagnosis of the condition. Symptoms of head and neck cancers vary depending on the type of cancer, but may include:
Treatment for these cancers depends on the type and location of the tumor, as well as the patient's age and overall health. Treatment often includes surgery to remove the cancer, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctors, as certain methods may have long-term effects on the way you look, talk, eat or breathe. Making healthy life changes, including avoiding smoking and alcohol use, will help prevent the disease from recurring, as well as reduce the risk for other diseases.
Thyroid disease is a common condition that occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce the proper amount of hormones needed by the body. Thyroid hormones help regulate the body's heart rate, temperature and metabolism. A malfunctioning gland may be producing too much or too little of these hormones for a number of different reasons, such as an autoimmune disease, exposure to radiation, reaction to medication or pregnancy.
Hyperthyroidism is an overproduction of thyroid hormones, while hypothyroidism is an underproduction. Although these are different conditions, both can lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, heart problems and other complications. Treatment for thyroid conditions usually includes medication to increase or decrease hormone production, or surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.
Thyroid surgery is used to treat several different thyroid conditions such as nodules, cancer and hyperthyroidism. Surgery is often considered a last resort for thyroid conditions and may be used if more conservative treatments have failed, a condition is recurring or cancer is present. Thyroid surgery removes part or all of the thyroid gland, depending on the type and severity of the condition.
If the entire thyroid is removed, you will need to take thyroid hormone replacement drugs, usually for the rest of your life. The lack of a thyroid will often bring about signs of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue, exhaustion, depression, difficulty concentrating and more.
Thyroid surgeries are performed through an incision in the middle of the neck. The procedure usually takes about two hours and is done under general anesthesia. An overnight hospital stay is required, but most patients are able to resume normal activities the day after surgery. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 10 days after surgery. Thyroid surgeries are considered safe procedures with few complications. Some people may experience hoarseness or a sore throat because of the breathing tube used during surgery.