Parotid Center of Excellence
The major salivary glands, especially the parotid glands, are intimately involved with very important nerves and structures. Treatment of the diseases of the salivary glands requires expertise not only to assure great outcome, but also to make sure these closely associated nerves and structures are well protected and preserved. Salivary glands are very active organs, in charge of not only moisturizing the mouth, but also protecting and constantly washing the teeth, lubricating the food and beginning the process of digestion. At the CENTER, we always take into account these very important functions and are at the leading edge of treatments that aim to preserve the natural anatomy of the salivary glands and the surrounding structure, as well as maximizing their function, while at the same time minimizing the impact of surgery and speeding up recovery.
Our team of experts, work together to assure you are diagnosed accurately. Our collective philosophy is to treat salivary disease in the least intrusive and invasive way possible; this requires an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Larian, the director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery, is a renowned head & neck surgeon deeply committed to treatment of salivary disease. He has developed innovative procedures like the micro-parotidectomy, and is dedicated to advancement of the field.
Dr. Azizzadeh is a world renowned reconstructive surgeon, who works together with Dr. Larian to reconstruct surgical defects left by removing tumors in the parotid gland to create facial symmetry and harmony.
Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of Facial Paralysis Institute, the premiere center for treatment of facial paralysis. Drs. Azizzadeh and Larian work together to treat patients that have facial paralysis for a variety of reasons, including paralysis caused by parotid surgery done elsewhere. As facial nerve experts, they have an intricate understanding of the facial nerve anatomy and function. They have not had any cases permanent paralysis from parotidectomy performed for benign tumor removal. In cases where cancers involve the facial nerve and have caused paralysis, they work together not only to remove the cancer but to also reconstruct the facial nerve and the face in the same operation.
If you or someone you know needs the help of a skilled salivary gland specialist contact us today. You could schedule a consultation at the CENTER, by calling 310.461.0300.
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