Head and Neck Surgery is a branch of surgery devoted to treatment of cancers and other growths (tumors) of the head and neck. This generally means anything above the shoulders with the exception of the brain, the eyes, and the spine. Some of the diseases treated are:
- Cancers of the mouth, jaw, throat and voicebox (larynx)
- Tumors of the salivary glands
- Benign and malignant thyroid tumors
- Skin cancers of the head and neck
- Sinus cancers
- Parathyroid tumors
There are many important organs and structures in this area, and the safe treatment of head and neck tumors is dependent on a thorough understanding of the anatomy and functions of the structures involved. The Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon is a specialist who after medical school completes one to two years of general surgical training, and then an additional three to four years of specialty training. Board certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology is given after the above training and successful completion of oral and written examinations. Dr. Burgoyne has special interest and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.
Many head and neck cancers require the removal of functionally or cosmetically important structures, and at Minor & James Surgical Specialists we offer the most up to date reconstructive techniques, including microvascular free flaps. Many of these procedures are done as a team approach with two or more of our surgeons involved.
In many cases of head and neck cancer, multi-specialty input is desirable. Our doctors work with the tumor boards of both Swedish Medical Center and Providence/Seattle Medical Center to help patients to have the best treatment options available.