Thyroid disorders are common, with half the population having thyroid nodules on ultrasound. Thyroidectomy may be required for nodules or goitres when there is concern about cancer, pressure symptoms, narrowing of the windpipe or an overactive thyroid.
Primary hyperparathyroidism occurs when one or more of the parathyroid glands in the neck become overactive, increasing blood calcium levels. Most patients benefit from parathyroidectomy which is safe and effective in experienced hands.
Parotid & Submandibular
The major salivary glands include the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. Many persistent salivary gland lumps are either benign or cancerous tumours. They need specialist assessment and in most cases surgical removal.
Head & Neck Cancer
Head & neck cancer includes cancers of the mouth, throat, sinuses, voice box, skin, salivary glands, thyroid and lymph nodes. It’s important that these complex tumours are managed by an experienced specialist Head and Neck Surgeon to maximise the chances of cure while maintaining function and quality of life.
Neck lumps are generally benign but they can be a sign of something more serious like cancer. In adults, a persistent unexplained neck lump needs a thorough evaluation, appropriate investigations and referral to a Head & Neck surgeon for comprehensive assessment to exclude malignancy.
Transoral Robotic Surgery
Tonsil and tongue base cancer due to human papillomavirus (HPV) is increasing. Transoral robotic surgery provides a minimally invasive surgical treatment for tonsil and tongue base (oropharyngeal) cancer designed to reduce the long term functional and quality of life side effects of cancer treatment.
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world with the majority occurring in the head and neck. The most common skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma (BCC) followed by squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and less frequently but more concerning Melanoma.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery has several benefits such as smaller incisions, faster recovery, reduced pain and scarring. When appropriate, A/Professor Ebrahimi offers minimally invasive approaches to thyroid, parathyroid and parotid surgery as well as throat cancer.
A/Prof Ebrahimi has expertise in reconstruction of defects created after head and neck cancer surgery and facial palsy. He uses a range of techniques including microvascular free tissue transfer and nerve grafts to maximise functional and cosmetic outcomes.