Head and Neck Cancers

Understanding Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancer surgery involves the removal of cancerous tumors and possibly some surrounding tissue in the head and neck region. This may include cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), nose, sinuses, and salivary glands. The goal of surgery is to eliminate cancer while minimizing impact on speech, swallowing, and appearance.

Surgical Techniques in Head and Neck Oncology

Microvascular Reconstruction: For extensive cancers, where large tissue removal is necessary, microvascular reconstruction uses tissue from other body parts to rebuild affected areas, ensuring functionality and appearance.

  • Laser Surgery: Used for early-stage cancers, especially in the larynx, to remove tumors with precision, preserving voice and swallowing functions.
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy: A technique to identify the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread, reducing the need for extensive neck dissections.

Dr. Nishigandha’s Comprehensive Surgical Approach

Dr. Nishigandha’s approach to each cancer case is tailored, taking into account the tumor’s location, stage, and the patient’s overall health and preferences. She combines cutting-edge surgical methods with traditional techniques to ensure optimal cancer removal while preserving critical functions and aesthetics.

Benefits of Advanced Surgical Care

  • Precision in Tumor Removal: Advanced techniques allow for precise excision, reducing the risk of recurrence.
  • Function Preservation: Emphasis on maintaining speech, swallowing, and appearance.
  • Reduced Complications: Advanced methods lower the risk of surgical complications and postoperative morbidity.

Preoperative Planning and Evaluation

The preoperative phase involves-

  • Multidisciplinary Consultations: Collaborating with radiologists, medical oncologists, and pathologists for a comprehensive treatment strategy.
  • Detailed Imaging Studies: Utilizing CT, MRI, and PET scans for precise surgical planning.
  • Functional Assessment: Evaluating speech and swallowing functions to plan for postoperative rehabilitation.

The Surgery Experience

Dr. Nishigandha ensures that each patient is fully prepared and comfortable with the planned surgery. The procedure’s complexity can vary, and she keeps patients and their families informed throughout the process.

Postoperative Management and Recovery

Post-surgery, management focuses on-

  • Pain and Swelling Control: Effective strategies to manage postoperative discomfort.
  • Nutritional Support: Assisting patients with feeding options if swallowing is affected.
  • Speech and Language Therapy: For patients needing rehabilitation post-surgery.
  • Wound Care: Ensuring proper healing of surgical sites.

Addressing Emotional and Psychological Needs

Dr. Nishigandha understands the emotional toll of cancer surgery. She provides resources for psychological support and counselling to help patients and their families navigate the emotional aspects of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Rehabilitation and Follow-Up Care

Postoperative rehabilitation is crucial, especially for extensive surgeries. Dr. Nishigandha coordinates with rehabilitation specialists, including speech therapists and physiotherapists, to aid in the recovery of speech, swallowing, and physical functions.

Regular follow-ups are scheduled to monitor healing, manage any complications, and check for signs of cancer recurrence. These appointments are key to ensuring the long-term success of the treatment.

Innovative Techniques in Postoperative Care

  • Lymphedema Management: Utilizing techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage to manage swelling, particularly after neck dissection.
  • Prosthetic Rehabilitation: In cases of significant tissue removal, prosthetic devices may be used to restore form and function.

Integrating Oncological Advances

Dr. Nishigandha stays abreast of the latest advances in oncological research, integrating new treatment modalities and techniques into her practice. This commitment to ongoing education ensures that her patients receive the most current and effective treatments available.

Customized Treatment for Each Patient

Recognizing that each case of head and neck cancer is unique, Dr. Nishigandha personalizes the treatment plan for each patient. This individualized approach considers the patient’s specific type of cancer, health status, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Educational Resources and Support Groups

Dr. Nishigandha provides patients and their families with comprehensive educational resources to understand their condition and treatment better. She also encourages participation in support groups, offering a platform for shared experiences and emotional support.

Collaborative Care with Other Specialists

For cases requiring chemotherapy or radiation, Dr. Nishigandha collaborates closely with medical and radiation oncologists, physiotherapist, speech am swallowing therapist. This teamwork ensures a coordinated and comprehensive approach to cancer care.

Emphasis on Quality of Life

Understanding the impact of head and neck cancer on a patient’s quality of life, Dr. Nishigandha prioritizes treatments and rehabilitation methods that aim to maintain or improve the patient’s overall well-being and functionality.

Why Choose Dr. Nishigandha Nehete for Head and Neck Cancer Surgery?

  • Expertise in Complex Surgeries: Proficient in advanced and intricate surgical procedures.
  • Holistic Care Approach: Focus on the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of patients.
  • State-of-the-Art Surgical Techniques: Utilization of the latest technologies for precise and effective treatment.
  • Patient-Centered Philosophy: Prioritizing the needs, comfort, and preferences of each patient.

Consultation and Care Pathway

For individuals diagnosed with head and neck cancer, choosing the right surgeon and treatment path is crucial. Dr. Nishigandha Nehete offers consultations to discuss the available surgical options, expected outcomes, and to devise a personalized treatment plan.

Reach Out for Expert Care

If you or a loved one is dealing with head and neck cancer, Dr. Nishigandha Nehete is here to provide expert surgical care, comprehensive support, and compassionate guidance. Contact her for a detailed consultation and take a step towards expert care and recovery.

× How can I help you?