What is Head and Neck Surgery?

  • It is a surgical sub-specialty that deals mainly with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck region, including:
    • The scalp, facial region, eyes, ears, nose, nasal fossae, paranasal sinuses, oral cavity, pharynx (nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx), larynx (supraglotic larynx, glottis larynx, subglotic larynx), thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, salivary glands (parotid glands, submandibular glands, sublingual glands, minor salivary glands), soft tissues of the neck, skin of the head and neck region.
  • The head and neck surgeon’s work area:
    • Does not cover tumors or diseases of the brain and other areas of the central nervous system or those of the cervical spine:
      • This is the neurosurgeon field
  • Among the diagnostic procedures performed by the head and neck surgeon, are the following:
    • Nasopharyngolaryngoscopy:
      • Performed to examine, evaluate and, possibly perform a biopsy, of oral cavity, pharyngeal and laryngeal lesions
  • The surgeries most commonly performed by the head and neck surgeon are:
    • Total or near total thyroidectomies
    • Hemithryoidectomies (lobectomies)
    • Comprehensive neck dissections
    • Selective neck dissections
    • Maxillectomies:
      • Total maxillectomy
      • Subtotal maxillectomy
      • Infrastructure maxillectomy
      • Suprastructure maxillectomy
      • Medial maxillectomy
    • Mandibulectomy:
      • Segmental
      • Marginal
    • Tracheostomy
    • Salivary gland surgeries:
      • Parotid gland operations:
        • Limited superficial parotidectomy with identification and preservation of the facial nerve
        • Superficial parotidectomy with identification and preservation of the facial nerve
        • Near total parotidectomy with identification and preservation of the facial nerve
        • Total parotidectomy
      • Submandibular gland resection
      • Sublingual gland resection
    • Resection of tumors of the oral cavity:
      • Glossectomy
      • Resection of the floor of the mouth tumors
    • Resection of tumors of the pharynx
    • Resection of tumors of the larynx
    • Split-thickness skin grafts
    • Full-thickness skin grafts
    • Sentinel lymph node mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy
    • Resection of malignant skin tumors (BCC, SCC, melanoma) of the head and neck region
  • The training of the head and neck surgeon includes mastering the following subjects:
    • Surgical Anatomy
    • History and Basic Principles of Head and Neck Surgery
    • Epidemiology, Etiology, and Pathology of Head and Neck Diseases
    • Diagnostic Radiology of the Head and Neck Region
    • Tumors of the Scalp, Skin and Melanoma
    • Eyelids and Orbit
    • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses
    • Skull Base and Temporal Bone
    • Lips and Oral Cavity
    • Pharynx and Esophagus
    • Larynx and Trachea
    • Cervical Lymph Nodes
    • Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
    • Salivary Glands
    • Neurogenic Tumors and Paragangliomas
    • Soft Tissue Tumors
    • Bone Tumors and Odontogenic Lesions
    • Reconstructive Surgery
    • Oncologic Dentistry and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
    • Principles of Radiation Oncology
    • Principles of Chemotherapy
    • Molecular Oncology, Genomics and Immunology
    • Nutrition
    • Biostatistic

My name is Rodrigo Arrangoiz I am a board-certified surgical oncologist who sub-specializes in breast cancer and head and neck cancer. I earned his medical degree at the Anahuac University Medical School in Mexico City, Mexico and graduated Suma Cum Laude. I completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Michigan State University, where he was named chief resident during his fifth year of residency. I also completed a complex surgical oncology, head and neck fellowship at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and at the same time he undertook a master’s in science (Clinical Research for Health Care Professionals) at Drexel University in Philadelphia. I participated in a two-year global online fellowship in head and neck surgery and oncology through the International Federation of Head and Neck Societies / Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

I have participated in multiple courses and academic congresses as a lecturer and guest professor and has also participated in several publications on topics related to his specialty that include oral cavity cancer, hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, endocrine tumors, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, and more. I am board certified by the American Board of Surgery, the Mexican Board of General Surgery and the Mexican Board of Oncology.

I am a member of various medical associations such as the American College of Surgeons, American Thyroid Association, American Head and Neck Society, American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association of Academic Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, among others.


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