Head and neck surgery

Our head and neck surgeons are amongst Australia’s most experienced

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of head and neck related services, for details of the head and neck services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


We combine leading edge surgical techniques with compassionate care

Your head and neck is a very complex area which needs to function well to maintain your health and wellbeing.

We perform many procedures for people living with cancer with the aim of improving their health, comfort, functioning and longevity.

Our surgeons also perform a wide range of procedures for benign conditions affecting the head and neck including the sinuses, the mouth, the ears, the salivary glands, the tonsils, the airway, the voice box and the thyroid gland.

Our head and neck surgeons

Our head and neck specialists are amongst Australia’s leading and most respected practitioners, who have all undergone a rigorous process of assessment prior to gaining admitting privileges to our hospitals.

We have specialists with interests and expertise in all aspects of head and neck surgery. 

A multidisciplinary approach to your care may be required to achieve the best aesthetic outcome.

Our head and neck procedures

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery (including minimally-invasive)
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Laryngeal and tracheal surgery (including laser)
  • Trans oral robotic surgery 
  • Oral and oropharyngeal cancer surgery

Thyroid surgery

Your thyroid gland sits on the front of your neck, just below your voice box. If you need to have part or all of it removed, it can be done as open surgery, keyhole surgery or robot-assisted surgery, depending on your condition.

For open surgery you’ll be left with a scar in the front of your neck, normally placed along a natural skin crease. Keyhole surgery uses several small incisions instead. Robot-assisted thyroid surgery can be used to remove small thyroid nodules. For this surgery, your surgeon tunnels through to your thyroid from under the hairline at the back of your neck, through your chest or under your armpit. It’s more extensive surgery, but you’re left without a visible scar.

Thyroid surgery

Trans oral robot-assisted surgery

For people with cancer of the back of the tongue, throat or voice box, the trans oral approach promises surgery without visible scars, less blood loss and fewer complications. It can also mean a shorter hospital stay.

Your surgeon accesses the cancerous tissue via your mouth. The surgeon uses a mechanical arm with a camera and instruments attached to it. The surgeon controls the arms while sitting at a computer terminal near the operating table.

Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

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Our highly trained ENT and head and neck surgeons look after both paediatric and adults with the following conditions:

Ear

Hearing and balance problems, ear infection, grommets, tympanic membrane perforation, exostoses (surfer’s ear) and tumours of the ear canal

Nose

Nasal obstruction, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis (acute and chronic), epistaxis, nasal/paranasal tumours, nasal polyps and fractured nose

Throat

Voice and swallowing disorders, tonsillitis, laryngopharyngeal reflux, benign and malignant tumours

Combined consultations with Jocelyn Priestley (speech and language therapist)

Head and neck

Benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck, thyroid and salivary gland and lymph node biopsy

Other

Sleep disordered breathing and allergy assessments

Our procedures include:

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Tonsillectomy +/- adenoidectomy
  • Grommets
  • Septopasty +/- inferior turbinate reduction
  • Sinus surgery
  • Thyroid surgery

 Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our head and neck surgeons.


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We provide specialist head and neck medical and surgical care for children over the age of 5 years and adults.

What we do

Our accredited specialist surgeons perform a variety of ear, nose, throat, head and neck diagnostic and surgical procedures.

Caring for children’s needs

Our specialised medical and nursing staff work in the paediatric unit to ensure that the needs of children and their parents are met before, during and after surgery.

 Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our head and neck surgeons.

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Our hospital has a team of highly skilled neurosurgeons who offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for head and spinal trauma, brain and spinal tumours, chronic pain, degenerative conditions, peripheral nerve surgery and cerebrovascular surgery.

Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our head and neck surgeons.

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Head and neck cancer treatments

The Head and Neck Service on the St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus has a national and international reputation for excellence. Our cancer patients are seen annually at the head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team meeting at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre.

The team consists of a range of experts in head and neck cancer surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, plastics and reconstructive surgery, specialist radiology, pathology, dentistry, cancer nursing, dietetics, speech pathology, psychology and social work.

We are here to support our patients and provide them with all the information required to make an informed decision about treatment and care.

Areas of expertise Include:

  • Neck lumps
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Skull base tumours
  • Cancer of the nose and sinuses
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Voice box disorders
  • Adult subglottic stenosis
  • Salivary and parotid gland disorders

Trans oral robot-assisted surgery

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney has one of the largest experiences in Australia in transoral robot-assisted surgery. It was the first unit in NSW to perform transoral robot-assisted surgery and therefore is one of the most experienced units in NSW.

We are proud to now have the first female robotic- trained surgeon in head and neck cancer surgery in Australia working at our facility.

 Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our head and neck surgeons.


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We perform a range of surgeries to treat:

  • Sinonasal disorders including nasal obstruction and sinusitis
  • Benign and malignant head and neck tumours
  • Skin cancers on the head and neck
  • HPV-related cancers of the throat
  • Neck lumps
  • Cancers of the sinuses
  • Parotid and submandibular gland surgery

We also perform:

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parotid and salivary gland surgery
  • Laryngeal and tracheal surgery
  • Transoral robot-assisted surgery

Our approach to your care

We strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for people locally in Griffith. We also provide pathways and referrals for conditions that can’t be managed locally. This helps us to maintain consistency and the comprehensive care our patients deserve.

Local care for cancer survivors

While our ear, nose and throat specialists are based in Sydney, they’ve spent a lot of time training and working in regional and remote areas.

Some people, especially cancer survivors, need 5 years of follow-up after treatment with multiple review appointments along the way. Many local people have spent years travelling to have medical appointments and surgery. We can assist people who require these services while enabling continuity of care.

We offer multidisciplinary team management of head and neck cancer.

 Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our head and neck surgeons.


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Our accredited specialist surgeons perform a variety of ear, nose, throat, head and neck diagnostic and surgical procedures.

We are here to support our patients and provide them with all the information required to make an informed decision about treatment and care. Specialist nursing staff and allied health professionals are integral parts of this collaborative team.

Areas of expertise Include:

  • Oral cavity (mouth)
  • Oropharynx (tonsil, tongue base, soft palate)
  • Nasopharynx, larynx and hypopharynx
  • Cervical oesophagus
  • Nasal cavity and sinuses
  • Skull base tumours
  • Cancer of unknown primary — head and neck
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumours
  • Trachea
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Skull base tumours
  • Paragangliomas
  • Skin
  • Sarcomas of the head and neck
Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our head and neck surgeons.

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