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For certain conditions, your general practitioner may recommend a specialist to further your treatment. In some cases, you may be referred to a head and neck surgeon. At NextGen OMS we often receive referrals from area doctors for this specialization. When you come to us, we treat you the same way we would existing, long-term patients.
Your health is our concern, and we will do whatever we can to diagnose, treat and resolve your condition. Dr. Eftekhari is a strong patient advocate who believes in patient education and will ensure that you understand your treatment. Be assured that we use the least invasive methods available to help you. However, sometimes surgery is unavoidable. In these cases, our patients can rest easy knowing that they are under the care of a skilled head and neck surgeon with many years’ experience treating patients in the DFW area.
What Is Head and Neck Surgery?
Head and neck surgeons treat pathologies and other conditions affecting the mouth, face and neck areas. This may cover several different disorders of this region of the body. Many patients come to our office for treatment of head and neck cancers. Tumors, lesions and other unusual conditions can affect the sinuses, throat, nasal cavity, lips, larynx and tonsils.
If your doctor refers you to our office you find us of your own accord, you may require treatment for any number of conditions including the following:
- Pinched nerves
- Pressure on spinal cord
- Sinus pain
- Head and neck injuries
- Sinus pain
- Chronic snoring
- Tonsil and jaw issues
- Jaw issues
- Thyroid problems
If you suspect that you have one of these conditions or another medical issue requiring our services, feel free to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Eftekhari today. You can schedule a visit to discuss your case with the doctor with no hassles or obligations.
Head and Neck Surgeries
Are you wondering what’s involved in head and neck surgery? We exhaust every other avenue of treatment prior to recommending surgery. However, sometimes surgery is the most efficient and effective way to treat your condition. Surgeries vary from minimally invasive procedures that take little time to recover from to more extensive procedures that may require days or weeks of recovery.
If the doctor determines that you require surgery, he will also ensure that you understand how the procedure works and why is medically necessary.
Recovery from Head and Neck Surgery
As mentioned, our surgeon uses the least invasive method possible to treat your condition. Recovery depends on the type of surgery you have. For example, neck dissections that we use to remove tumors may require a hospital stay of two to three days. Other surgeries require a week or more in the hospital.
Most patients need to arrange for assistance following their hospital stay. Even if we are able to perform an outpatient surgery, it’s a good idea to take it easy and get some help around the house following your procedure. You may also want to consider at home care services if you have an extensive recovery period.
Once our head and neck surgeon completes the procedure, you may need additional work. This often includes reconstructive surgery to preserve your appearance. If your surgery involved the removal or treatment of cancer, you may need radiation or chemotherapy to complete your treatment. Others require rehabilitation such as speech therapy.
Dr. Eftekhari will help you understand the likelihood that you will need any of these services prior to your surgery.
Where Do Head and Neck Surgeons Treat Cancer?
If you develop lesions, tumors or other pathologies in the head and neck area, you may require treatment for the removal of cancerous growths. Our head and neck surgeon often treats cancer of the voice box as well as the paranasal sinuses, for example.
Whether you develop cancer in the gums, tongue, salivary glands or the esophagus, removing the growth may require reconstructive surgery to reestablish function in the area as well as to maintain your appearance. Dr. Eftekhari performs both procedures to save you the hassle of going to more than one surgeon for your comprehensive treatment plan.
What Symptoms Include Head and Neck Cancer?
It may be time to schedule an appointment with a head and neck surgeon if you have one or more of these symptoms:
- A swollen jaw accompanied by mouth pain and difficulty speaking and swallowing
- Persistent pain or numbness in the face, chin, and neck
- Chronically clogged sinuses that result in infections that do not heal
- Recurring headaches
Can Head and Neck Cancer Be Prevented?
If you develop head and neck cancer, you should not blame yourself for your condition. It’s better to concentrate on getting well and preventing further illness. If you or someone you love smokes, chews tobacco or uses a pipe, getting them to quit may save a lot of trouble down the road including health problems such as head and neck cancer.
That’s because the concentration of nicotine along the inner cheek lining makes it easy for toxins to enter your circulatory system. Heavy alcohol use can also increase your risk of this type of cancer.
Head and Neck Surgeon in McKinney, TX
At NextGen OMS, we are a full scope head and neck surgical clinic. We treat a wide range of conditions including facial, neck and head cancer and other conditions such as benign tumors.
Contact us today to make an appointment with our head and neck surgeon, who treats both adults or children in the DFW area. We would love to talk to you about any of our surgical services and medical treatment options in McKinney, TX.