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Published on Sep 2, 2016
Expert parotid surgeon, Dr. Babak Larian, has created a comprehensive parotid surgery animation so that his patients can better understand the procedure. Learn more about parotid & facial nerve surgery at https://www.parotidsurgerymd.com/
A minimally invasive procedure pioneered by Dr. Larian, Micro-Parotidectomy is a revolutionary way to treat parotid tumors through the full or partial removal of the parotid gland. During the micro-parotidectomy procedure, or minimally invasive parotid surgery, Dr. Larian will remove the parotid tumor and a portion of the surrounding parotid gland through a very small and well-hidden incision near the ear - an approach that results in reduced pain, minimal scarring, and a quicker recovery. At the same time, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a leading facial nerve specialist and facial plastic surgeon, will monitor the facial nerve to ensure its safety and reduce the risk of surgical complications. Once the parotid tumor has been located and removed by Dr. Larian, Dr. Azizzadeh will then perform a reconstructive procedure to fill in the defect left behind by the removed portion of the gland. In addition to restoring symmetry to the face, this corrective procedure provides an added layer of protective tissue on top of the facial nerve, which helps prevent Frey's Syndrome. To achieve this, Dr. Azizzadeh will use muscle flaps, grafts, or a combination of these, dependent on the needs of each individual patient, to provide a positive aesthetic outcome and ensure the patient experiences minimal to no scarring. Micro-parotidectomy is commonly performed as an outpatient procedure; most patients do not require hospitalization and can return home the same day as surgery.
Is Micro-Parotidectomy right for you? Everyone should be evaluated by a team of parotid and facial nerve surgery experts. Your smile is very important and we want to make sure you get the best care possible! For more information, contact the CENTER for Advanced Parotid & Facial Nerve Surgery at 310-461-0300.