Category Archives: and Throat

Research leads to new surgical guidelines for parathyroidectomy.

Tertiary hyperparathyroidism occurs more than primary or secondary hyperparathyroidism but it is rare and is seen in patients with renal disease and post kidney transplant. Because it is a rare problem, guidelines for surgical treatment and prognosis have not been well repeated in the past. This study establishes guidelines for parathyroid surgical intervention.

In a scholarly and systematic review, Dr. Michael Friedman and associates studied outcomes of hundreds of patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism who underwent a parathyroidectomy (removal of the parathyroid gland). Control of symptoms and hypercalcemia cure rates were as high as 94% in many studies.

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Trying CPAP for the First Time? Tips to Understanding Machine Use and Insurance

If you or someone you know suffers from sleep apnea, you are likely familiar with the CPAP machine, a medical device that helps patients breathe easy through the night. Dr. Friedman and his team of expert ENTs, allergists, head and neck surgeons, board-certified sleep specialists, as well as dental sleep specialists now treat snoring and sleep apnea with a number of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment options. One of many treatment options is a CPAP machine.  Continue reading Trying CPAP for the First Time? Tips to Understanding Machine Use and Insurance

Life After Head and Neck Cancer

Any cancer survivor will tell you that cancer is no walk in the park.

Having survived cancer is something to celebrate and rejoice about. However it can take a while for cancer survivors to look in the mirror and start smiling again.

Patients with head and neck cancers face many challenges that can affect their quality of life. Many of the post surgical side-effects can result in speech dysfunction or facial disfigurement. In addition, organ-sparing chemo radiation treatments can result in difficulty in swallowing, dry mouth, and dental damage. Continue reading Life After Head and Neck Cancer