Jacksonville ENT Surgery Center specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including thyroid, parathyroid, lymph node, oral cavity, and salivary gland tumors. If you have noticed unusual swelling of your face or neck or if you have noticed an abnormal growth in your mouth, contact us today to schedule a diagnostic examination.
Do you have swollen lymph nodes in your neck?
Lymph nodes are important to the proper functioning of the immune system. The glands on either side of your neck, under the jawbone, or behind the ears commonly swell when you have a sore throat, have been suffering with a cold or flu condition, or dealing with another type of medical condition. When the infection resolves, the lymph nodes usually shrink to their original size.
Our doctors will often work closely with an endocrinologist to determine the underlying cause and severity of your particular situation. If your treatment calls for head and neck surgery, take comfort in the fact that many surgical advances have been made in recent years to treat chronic ENT conditions, recurrent medical problems, and physical deformities with head and neck surgery. Most are much less invasive and far less painful with improved patient recovery time.
Benign Multi-Nodular Goiter Surgery
Patients most commonly are referred to the ENT doctor for thyroid problems because they have a lump in their neck or a nodule found on a thyroid ultrasound. Neck surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland is a common ENT procedure. When performed by a Board Certified ENT surgeon, throat surgery has a high success rate and is considered to be quite safe. See the Thyroid Surgery page of this website for more information regarding the numerous conditions where head & neck surgery is recommended.
Problems with Nerves and Blood Vessels
There are many important nerves in the face and throat that are treated by ENT physicians. These nerves have very interesting names but can best be remembered by the symptoms they cause: damage to the facial nerve causes the muscles of the face to become weak (often called Bell’s Palsy), weakness of the laryngeal nerve causes a hoarse voice, problems with the hypoglossal nerve results in decreased tongue movement, weakness of the spinal accessory nerve makes it difficult to lift the shoulder, damage to the lingual or corda-tympani nerves will alter the way food tastes, and damage to the olfactory nerve will cause an impairment in the ability to smell and taste.
The blood vessels in the neck and ear can develop non-cancerous tumors called "Paragangliomas". The symptoms associated with these tumors include neck swelling and nerve weakness as described above. When the tumor forms in the ear, patients will often complain of hearing a pulse or heartbeat in the ear. Tumors that arise in the blood vessels of the head and neck are rare but serious and need immediate medical attention.