Head and Neck Surgery

Head and neck surgery refers to the surgical management of tumours of the head and neck excluding the brain. This includes oncology of the upper aerodigestive tract (such as the mouth, tonsils, base of tongue, nasopharynx, hypopharynx and larynx), salivary gland disease, endocrine surgery of the head and neck (thyroid and parathyroid lesions), skull base surgery, nasal and paranasal sinus tumours, skin cancer of the head and neck, and head & neck reconstruction.  

In the North West, head and neck diagnostics are undertaken in the referring otolaryngology services, while extirpative and reconstructive surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are delivered at the designated head and neck oncology units within the cancer network.  All new patients are discussed at the multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings each week.

The conditions treated by the ORL head & neck surgeons in the North West include:

  • Head and neck cancer: Oropharyngeal cancer, Occult primary head & neck cancer, Laryngeal cancer, Hypopharyngeal cancer, Paranasal sinus cancer including the ethmoids and maxilla, Nasal cavity cancer, Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Salivary gland tumours (parotid and submandibular glands)
  • Thyroid malignancy
  • Skull base malignancy
  • Sarcoma
  • Airway obstruction
  • Benign and malignant skin lesions
  • Compressive goitre
  • Deep space neck infections
  • Facial soft tissue and nasal trauma
  • Glomus tumour / paraganglioma
  • Hyperparathyroidism and Grave's disease
  • Neck lumps (through the diagnostic neck lump clinics)
  • Penetrating neck trauma
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst

Head & Neck Specialty Group of the British Association of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (ENT UK)

British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists