Head and neck surgery and oncology unit
The head and neck surgery and oncology unit was established to provide a professional and prompt solution, for a variety of head and neck benign and malignant tumors. The unit includes senior head and neck surgeons, an oncologist, reconstructive plastic surgeons and senior head and neck radiologists. The unit handles any head and neck benign or malignant diseases, in collaboration with various treatment providers with healthcare professionals including an oncologist and a radiologist in joint meetings. A range of head and neck surgeries for the removal of benign and malignant tumors are performed, including thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy, parotidectomy, glossectomy, pharyngeal and laryngeal tumors. Sometimes, complex reconstructions were conducted, including a free flap, after glossectomy or maxillectomy or obturator, after (maxillectomy). The surgery and oncology clinic: each patient is examined by a head and neck surgeon (Dr. Hefetz) and an oncologist (Prof. Ben Yosef, Dr. Popovtzer) to get a balanced opinion when the malignant tumor treatment policy is not clear. In addition, recommendations are made about treatment with radioactive iodine for thyroid cancer patients. The patients can undergo the treatment at Assuta hospital quickly under the supervision of Prof. Ben Yosef. In addition, radiography meetings and oncological meetings take place with a team of radiography oncologists, a team of head and neck surgeons and, if necessary, radiologists (tumor board) to discuss complex oncological cases. In cases where there is a need in radiation or chemotherapy treatment, the patient is transferred to the oncology unit at Assuta for fast and professional care. The ENT – Plastic surgery clinic: each patient is examined by a head and neck surgeon (Dr. Hefetz) and reconstructive plastic surgeon. The unit is designed for patients who require extensive head and neck tumor removals, which require complicated reconstruction or severe cases of aesthetic disorders following oncological treatment requiring reconstructive surgery.