At the CENTER for Advanced Parotid & Facial Nerve Surgery, expert parotid surgeon, Dr. Babak Larian, and leading facial nerve specialist, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, use to a cutting-edge surgical approach to save the facial nerve during parotid surgery.
Because the facial nerve is responsible for the full scope of facial movement and muscle control, preserving its function is of utmost priority during parotid surgery. The facial nerve, which is very delicate, runs directly through the parotid gland. As such, Dr. Larian partners with Dr. Azizzadeh on parotidectomy patients to do everything they can to monitor and protect the facial nerve to ensure its safety and achieve an optimal outcome.
It is important for patients to understand the potential risk of damaging the facial nerve during parotidectomy, and choose a team of surgeons with vast experience and understanding of the facial nerve, like Dr. Larian and Dr. Azizzadeh, to mitigate the risks of injury. As the Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute, Dr. Azizzadeh is world-renowned for his expertise in facial nerve anatomy and repair.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Larian will make a minute incision along the skin's natural creases so the resulting scar is as well hidden as possible. From there, he and Dr. Azizzadeh will locate the main trunk of the facial nerve as it exits the skull and begin tracking it down to and within the parotid gland. Throughout the surgery, use a cutting-edge Nerve Integrity Monitor to observe and protect the facial nerve and all its branches during surgery.
Once the parotid tumor, cyst or gland has been removed, the surgeons will check the facial nerve's function by stimulating its branches and main trunk to ensure the associated muscles are moving properly. Once nerve integrity has been confirmed, Dr. Larian and Dr. Azizzadeh will reconstruct the area to ensure both sides of the face are symmetrical, thus achieving an optimal cosmetic effect.
Having earned international acclaim for their positive outcomes in facial nerve repair and preservation, few surgeons are more qualified than Dr. Larian and Dr. Azizzadeh to save the facial nerve during parotid surgery, avoid complications and preserve facial function.Learn More >>