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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Head & Neck Surgery?

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our surgeons are expertly trained in different types of procedures on the head and neck to ensure the health and speedy recovery of our patients.

The skull provides a protective cavity for the brain. It is extremely thick and durable. The skull is made up of these two parts, the cranium, and the mandible. The neck is a part of the body supported by vertebrae any many muscles, which is filled with blood vessels and nerves.

Both of these body parts are extremely important and if the patients suffer from any type of damage or disease that affects one of these parts, they must take every necessary precaution in order to ensure that they remain healthy.

  • The skull is made of two parts: the neurocranium and the viscerocranium
  • The skull houses the brain
  • There are many cavities and sinuses inside the skull
  • There are several muscles in the skull that have different, but important, roles, such as the Orbicularis Oculi, the Zygomaticus Muscles or the Buccinator muscle
  • The skull is one of the strongest bones in the human body

Because it is such a durable bone, it is not an easy task to severely injure or even break it. With this in mind, there are safety measures that every person should take in order to ensure that they keep their body healthy:

  • When playing contact sports or riding dangerous vehicles, people should always wear a helmet
  • People should never try to play or to stay too long in slippery or dangerous places
  • People should use a cane or a walking stick if needed
  • If someone has vision problems, they should wear prescription glasses
  • If there are tripping hazards, such as extension cords, people should get rid of them

  • The neck is made up of several vertebrae: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, and C7
  • The neck supports the weight of the skull and it carries several nerves that go out of it and throughout the body
  • The cervical vertebrae carry and protect the spinal nerves
  • There are important blood vessels found in the neck: the jugular veins and the carotid arteries
  • The trachea, esophagus, and larynx are found in the neck

The neck is a very sensitive part of the body. It houses many blood vessels, nerves, and important parts, that if injured they could have devastating consequences on someone’s health such as constant pain, paralysis or even death. Because of this, people should take every precaution possible in order to ensure the health and safety or their neck:

  • In a car, people should always take care and wear their seatbelts to avoid neck injuries
  • People should always take care with their posture: a bad posture can entail a lifetime of pain and stiffness
  • Regular exercises and warm ups are advised in order to strengthen their neck muscles
  • When playing sports, people should always wear the proper safety equipment
  • Patients should reduce stress in their lives: stress can unknowingly make you tense up your muscles, which can lead to neck pain
  • Craniotomy
  • Endonasal endoscopic surgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Skull base surgery
  • Cervical discectomy
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Cervical spinal fusion
  • Facetectomy

Frequently Asked Questions About Head and Neck Surgery

Head and neck cancers are identified by doing physical examinations and imaging tests, and can be prevented by quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol consumption and maintaining a good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.

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Hospital stays after the procedure will vary based on each patient’s physical condition.

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Most patients will require some assistance after discharge. Home health care is often necessary. Depending on your condition, a short stay at a nursing facility may be an option but most often this is not necessary.

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You will need to arrive at the hospital for about 2 hours before your surgery starts.

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Maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding gaining or losing weight is the most important thing that you can do before this surgery.

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