La Peer Health Systems is home to some of the world’s best doctors. With over sixteen specialty departments, La Peer can provide treatment to all manner of conditions. Our 50 doctors come from some of the most prestigious schools in the United States, including UCLA Medical Center, Harvard, and Stanford University, and are committed to providing our patients with the best and most exceptional care available.Contact Us Now!
Our Neck and Head Experts
At La Peer, our Neck and Head Department is comprised of world-renowned head and neck surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive treatments. Some of the treatments provided by our otolaryngologists (ENT experts) include sialoendoscopy and salivary stone removal. All of La Peer’s salivary stone experts have come from some of the country’s highest-regarded and most-respected universities, and aim to provide their patients with relief and an improved quality of life.
In addition, Dr. Babak Larian, one of the VIP Surgery Center of Excellence’s head and neck experts, is Director at Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Cancer Center in Los Angeles.
Surgeries Offered by Our Head and Neck Experts
At La Peer Health Systems, our ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeons are experts in performing a wide range of procedures on the head and neck. Some of the operations performed by our head and neck specialists include the following:
The largest salivary gland in the human body, the parotid may need to be removed if it becomes infected with various disease and disorders. The removal of the parotid is called a parotidectomy, and is mostly performed when there is a malignant tumor on the gland. Since facial nerves pass through the parotid gland, an ENT will use a nerve stimulator to ensure that no lasting nerve damage occurs during the procedure.
Behind the thyroid are four rice-sized glands called the parathyroid. Responsible for maintaining calcium levels in the human body, the parathyroid is a very important gland that can sometimes become problematic. The parathyroid can begin producing an excess amount of hormones if a tumor begins forming on the gland or if cancer affects the area.
Symptoms of a problematic parathyroid include the following:
- Poor sleep
- Stomach acid issues
- High blood pressure
- And more
At the VIP Surgery Center of Excellence, our ENT surgeons are experts in performing minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, a procedure that removes the parathyroid gland.
People who suffer from sinus problems can choose to undergo endoscopic sinus surgery at La Peer Health Systems. This revolutionary procedure uses endoscopes to provide surgeons with a magnified view of the nasal cavity, allowing for a sinus surgery that is more precise and effective than ever before.
During endoscopic sinus surgery, an endoscope is inserted into a patient’s nasal cavity. An ENT expert will carefully guide the endoscope throughout the sinus cavity while avoiding any damage to the area. Endoscopic sinus surgery is useful in treating sinusitis, nasal or sinus tumors, nasal polyps, nasal obstructions, and more.
Salivary Stones Removal
Salivary stones are created when minerals coalesce in the salivary ducts. Occurring most commonly in the upper jaw, salivary stones are not dangerous, though they can be uncomfortable and can lead to salivary gland enlargement and infection. Because salivary stones are essentially hidden within the saliva ducts, they aren’t immediately recognizable to most patients. However, people suffering from salivary stones tend to experience the following symptoms:
- Pain while eating and drinking
- Dry mouth
- Infection of the salivary gland
There are a few ways to remove salivary stones, one of which is a sialendoscopy. A cutting-edge, highly-effective procedure, sialendoscopies are only performed at a select centers nationally, one of which is La Peer Health Systems based in Southern California.
A sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of an endoscope to remove salivary stones. There are many benefits to this form of treatment. A sialendoscopy will not create a scar, for example, or cause any tissue damage to the surrounding areas. In addition, patients who undergo a sialendoscopy often have quick recoveries, and are able to return home the same day as their procedure.
At La Peer Health Systems, our surgeons are experts in all forms of salivary stones removal techniques. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our world-renowned doctors, please call us at 888.636.1890 today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I live outside the United States. Is there any way La Peer can help me?
A: Absolutely! La Peer Health Systems is proud to offer VIP concierge service to our international clients. For patients who elect for this service, La Peer will provide flight arrangements, limo transportation to and from La Peer, Skype consultations with our excellent specialists, hotel accommodations, after-care arrangements, and much more. To learn more about our concierge service, please visit our VIP concierge service page.
Q: Are salivary stones painful?
A: The size of a salivary stones often determines how painful the stone may be. Larger stones are more painful than smaller ones. However, regardless of the size of the salivary stone, it’s critical that it be removed as soon as possible to minimize the risk of further complications.
Q: Who should perform a sialendoscopy?
A: A sialendoscopy is a relatively new procedure that should be performed by only the most experienced and professional Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctors and Head and Neck surgeons. At La Peer, our surgeons are highly-qualified and experienced in performing a sialendoscopy procedure.
Q: Is a sialendoscopy right for me?
A: It’s difficult to determine who is a good candidate for sialendosopy surgery until our doctors are able to examine any potential patients. We know how difficult this can be for international clients, which is why we offer Skype consultations in our VIP concierge service. These Skype consultations allow our doctors to examine and diagnosis patients from literally across the world, meaning that patients won’t have to fly to La Peer until their surgery date.
Schedule an Appointment with our Salivary Stones Experts Today!
The VIP Surgery Center of Excellence is home to the United States’ most talented and intelligent salivary stones specialists. If you are suffering from salivary stones, it’s important that you contact our doctors as soon as possible. Please call 888.636.1890 or fill out an online contact form today. Additionally, if you are an international client, La Peer Health Systems can make your visit easy and stress-free with our VIP concierge service.
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