King Edward VII's Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

The Harley Street Clinic

University College London Hospital (NHS base)




Researching, Developing & Teaching Minimally Invasive Head & Neck Surgery 



Professor Mark McGurk

Director Head & Neck Centre, UCL Division of Surgical  Interventional Sciences

Over the past 20 years there have been several major advances in minimally invasive head and neck surgery.

These advances have profound implications for many patients.

For example: Patients with benign salivary tumours no longer need to accept the surgical removal of a salivary gland as the only available treatment option.  In almost all cases, such removal is no longer necessary.

These advances have been made as a collaborative effort by five teams, Professor Iro in Erlangen, Professor Capaccio in Milan, Professor Nahlieli in Israel, Dr Katz in Paris and myself in London.


Informing you, the patient

Unfortunately patients are not always made aware of all their options when agreeing to surgery. The website briefly explains some of the advances in surgical procedures and the increasing obligation on the medical profession to ensure that patients are fully informed.

The site focuses mainly on treatment options  for salivary gland disorders.  However other breakthroughs have been made, notably for the early detection of mouth cancer and the treatment for odontogenic tumours. These are also described briefly.


About Professor McGurk



Charity: Head & Neck Cancer Foundation

Our charity is a recently-established news, patient forum and fund-raising site for head and neck cancer research.



The Aims

1. To create and maintain momentum within the medical profession towards the adoption of improved surgical techniques by means of teaching, symposia, publications and events.

2. To improve patient outcome through the development and improvement of minimally invasive surgical procedures.

3. To publicise breakthroughs and raise patient awareness.


Your treatment choices

It is important that patients are aware of their options so they can be discussed with their surgeon.


There have been some significant changes recently which increase our obligation to fully inform our patients.


The main purpose of the website is to encourage patient awareness.


See "Other Developments"


Conferences and events

As part of our mission, we help to organise seminars, conferences and training courses for health professionals.


Surgical training in London

London Salivary Gland Centre

holds regular courses in minimally invasive head & neck surgery at King Edward VII's Hospital



We are setting the pace in several important areas of head and neck surgery.




How minimally invasive procedures can help...

Benign Parotid Tumours

Benign parotid tumours can be removed safely by a much smaller operation than traditional  parotidectomy.   




Salivary Stones

Almost all salivary stones can be safely extracted from the parotid and submandibular glands, so saving these glands from removal.  



Salivary Strictures

Strictures cause salivary obstruction and can be treated by stretching the ducts with tiny balloons or dilators thus avoiding surgery.  



Salivary Ranulae

In nearly all cases, a simple ranula can be cured by a strategically placed suture under local anaesthetic.  




Patient Feedback & Research News

Please see our Facebook & Twitter pages


Treatment Enquiries

For treatment enquiries, Skype contact and further information, please use our contact page





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