As part of its broad range of otolaryngological services, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, specializes in providing diagnosis and individualized treatment for adults and children with tumors or other clinical problems of the head and neck, including swallowing disorders and disorders of the voice, airways, sinuses, and salivary and thyroid glands.
Our treatment goal is to eliminate the known tumor, deter its recurrence and prevent the emergence of microscopic cancer cells. We also strive to rehabilitate patients to their desired quality of life, working with them to preserve or restore physiologic function, reasonable appearance and ability to interact socially.
We use state-of-the-art instruments for detailed video examinations of the larynx, sinuses and throat, including the following:
- Transnasal fiberoptic video laryngoscopy and esophagoscopy
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy
- Transoral and percutaneous vocal fold injections for vocal cord paralysis or other voice and swallowing disorders
- Safe transoral biopsy of tumors of the larynx, tongue and throat performed in the office, eliminating the need for surgical biopsy and enabling more rapid and accurate diagnosis
At Rush, head and neck surgery is performed in the most minimally invasive, tissue-sparing manner possible and offers the latest options including:
- Minimally invasive head and neck surgery is a highly specialized technique for evaluating, diagnosing and treating benign or cancerous growths located within the head and neck using special instruments inserted through the nose (trans-nasally) and mouth (trans-orally). The benefits of minimally invasive head and neck surgery include less risk of infection and damage to facial nerves and muscles, less risk of disfigurement and a shorter recovery time.
- Skull base surgery, Using special instruments, highly trained surgeons can access the underside of the brain to reach tumors that may have formerly been termed “inoperable.” Skull base surgery is minimally invasive as surgeons access the area needing treatment through the skull’s natural openings, the mouth (trans-oral), the nose (trans-nasal) and above the eye (supra-orbital).
Conditions We Treat
We take a collaborative approach to head and neck surgery and care. As an academic medical center, we have access to a full array of clinical resources, including radiology, laboratory services and subspecialty medical and surgical services. As needed, we collaborate with members of the Rush Communicative Disorders team.