Dr. Velez’s expertise in Head and Neck Surgery includes Thyroid, Parathyroid and Salivary Gland, and other surgeries involving the soft tissues of the neck.

 

Thyroid

Thyroid Gland is the "thermostat" that controls the body’s metabolic activities. Up to 25% of the population may develop a mass in the thyroid. The majority of theses are benign. A biopsy is often performed in the office to determine the nature of these masses. The biopsy takes only seconds and may help to determine further care. When surgery is necessary it will involve a small incision in the neck and generally takes 1 ½ hours. Most patients spend the night in the hospital and are discharged the next morning. Dr. Velez has trained specifically in the surgical treatment of the thyroid.

 

Parathyroid Glands

Parathyroid Glands are four small glands that reside next to the thyroid and regulate calcium levels. Hyperparathyroidism. Is caused by an overactive parathyroid gland and if left untreated results in an elevated calcium level and can lead to kidney stones, high blood pressure, accelerates osteoporosis as well as other problems. Surgery usually involves a small incision in the neck to remove the affected gland. The success rate for this procedure is very high. Dr. Velez has extensive experience with hyperparathyroidism and is published nationally.

 

Salivary Glands

Salivary Glands include the parotid, submaxillary, and sublingual glands. These glands may develop both benign and malignant tumors. Surgery when indicated can be perform through a cosmetic, well-planned incision and rarely requires more than one night in the hospital.

 

Lymph nodes

Lymph nodes in the neck can become enlarged under normal circumstances, such as sore throats and other infections. They may also represent malignancies. Investigation of these nodes often involves a simple needle biopsy performed in the office. As directed by the pathology report, surgery may be necessary.

 

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