Thyroid disorders are common, with half the population having thyroid nodules on ultrasound. Whilst most can be monitored, thyroidectomy may be needed for nodules and goitres when there is concern about cancer, pressure symptoms, narrowing of the windpipe or an overactive thyroid.
Primary hyperparathyroidism occurs when one or more parathyroid glands in the neck become overactive, secreting excess parathyroid hormone (PTH) and elevating 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 by an experienced Head and Neck Surgeon and in most cases surgical removal is advised.
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 these complex tumours are managed by an specialist Head & Neck Surgeon to maximise the chances of cure and optimise function and quality of life.
Neck lumps are generally benign but 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
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) provides a minimally invasive surgical treatment option for tonsil and tongue base (oropharyngeal) cancers which are increasingly due to the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is designed to reduce the long term functional and quality of life side effects of 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 and rarely Merkel cell cancer.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery offers patients several benefits such as smaller incisions and scars, faster recovery time and reduced pain. When appropriate, A/Prof Ebrahimi offers minimally invasive approaches to thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy and parotidectomy and throat cancer.
A/Professor Ebrahimi has special expertise in head and neck reconstruction and facial palsy surgery. He uses a range of techniques including local flaps, regional pedicled flaps, microvascular free tissue transfer and nerve grafts to maximise functional and cosmetic outcomes.