Head and Neck Surgery

Nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report and committed to excellence in whole person care, the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery & Facial Plastic Surgery provides minimally invasive services and procedures for treating patients with malignant and benign tumors in the head and neck region.

With leading expertise as well as state-of-the-art surgical techniques, our specialists work closely together, taking into consideration that the head and neck contains many structures vital to the patients daily functions. From radiation therapists and pathologists to medical oncologists and radiologists, our team applies a multidisciplinary approach to offer optimal treatment for patients suffering from thyroid and parathyroid diseases.

Our Services and Procedures

  • Parotidectomy - A procedure involving the removal of a parotid gland, the largest salivary gland located near the ear, due to the presence of an infection or tumor.
  • Minimally invasive thyroidectomy - A minimally invasive thyroidectomy is procedure that removes part or the entire thyroid while preserving the surrounding laryngeal (voicebox) nerves and parathyroids with incisions as small as 1.5 cm.
  • Parathyroidectomy - Consisting of four small glands located beside the thyroid, the parathyroid glands secrete a hormone that regulates the calcium within the body. Parathyroidectomy is a minimally invasive surgical option used to treat hyperparathyroidism, in which one or more overactive parathyroid glands are removed. Overactive parathyroid glands can result in osteoporosis, fractures, high blood pressure, depression, fatigue, renal stones, pancreatitis and stomach ulcers.
  • Thyroidectomy - The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland overlying the voice box and windpipe. A thyroidectomy is an operation that involves the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. This procedure is performed to remove tumors, reduce the mass of an enlarged gland or to treat hyperthyroidism.
  • Sentinel node biopsy - A procedure in which the sentinel lymph node the first node to drain the area of cancer is removed and examined to determine if cancer has spread beyond the primary tumor and into the lymphatic system.
  • Neck dissection - The procedure which involves the removal of lymph nodes and surrounding neck tissue to prevent cancer from spreading.
  • Salivary gland surgery -
  • Mandibulectomy - A surgical option in which a portion of the lower jaw is removed.
  • Transoral laser microsurgery - A minimally invasive procedure to treat patients with cancers of the larynx, oral cavity and pharynx. In the procedure, the surgeon uses a microscope and a laser to view and divide the tumor so it can be removed through an endoscope.
  • Ultrasound guided biopsy - Minimally invasive method of obtaining a tissue sample via high-frequency sound waves which create images of the bodys organs and systems.
  • Microvascular head and neck reconstruction - The form and function of patients undergoing surgeries for head and neck conditions is restored through microvascular head and neck reconstruction. In this procedure, tissue from other parts of the body is borrowed to reconstruct areas of the head and neck.

Contact Us and Learn More
To make an appointment, please call us at 909-558-2824. For more information, patients and referring physicians can email the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery & Facial Plastic Surgery directly. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.