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Modified facelift incision for parotidectomy

  • David J. Terris (a1), Katherine M. Tuffo (a1) and Willard E. Fee (a1)

The most commonly used incision for parotidectomies is the modified Blair incision. We have successfully used an alternative incision which allows good exposure, and leaves no neck scar.

Between 1 March 1989 and 1 August 1991, 18 parotidectomies were performed using a modified facelift incision. Fifteen parotidectomies were done for similar indications during the same period using a modified Blair incision. The mean age in both groups of patients was 40.3 years. The pathology and incidence of complications was similar in the two groups. The difference in mean (±SD) time of surgery between the two groups was not statistically significant: 3.14 ±0.75 hours in patients with a modified facelift incision and 3.25 ±1.27 hours in patients with a modified Blair incision (p<20.1).

The modified facelift incision is an alternative approach to parotidectomy for selected patients. It provides adequate exposure, even for a total parotidectomy and mastoidectomy and it results in improved patient satisfaction without additional risk of complications.

Corresponding author
David J. Terris, M. D.,Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (R135). Stanford University Medical Center, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. Fax: 415-725-8502.
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