For the first time at Galilee Medical Center our surgeons recently performed a series of operations on infants and children with congenital disorders in the head and neck area.

As part of our expansion of services for the 600,000 residents in the north of Israel that depend on us for quality healing and medical care — our surgeons recently performed a series of operations on infants and children with congenital disorders in the head and neck area.

The first three children to undergo surgery were patients of Dr. Maayan Gruber, an ENT Pediatric Specialist, in the Otolaryngology (ENT) Head & Neck Surgery Department. These children suffered from birth defects in the bridge of the nose as a result of a disorder in embryonic development.

Dr. Maayan Gruber: "These lesions caused swelling between the eyes, a cosmetic disorder and repeated infections. This type of lesion penetrates the skull bone and reaches close to the brain, so the surgery was performed in cooperation with Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Sergey Abeshaus. All three operations were successful and the infants were discharged after monitoring for only one day in the hospital."



An additional four children with different types of congenital lymphatic lesions in the neck and face were treated in the ENT Department for cystic lesions on the neck that initially developed during their mother's pregnancy but fully developed during childhood. "These children suffered significant swelling of the face and neck, significant cosmetic problems, and recurrent infections." In one of the children, the lesion grew and spread until it reached the top of his lung prior to surgery. All the children were successfully treated; the lesions were completely removed without any damage to nearby organs. In one case the lesion involved the infant's face and in order to avoid complicated surgery and a disfiguring scar the surgeons chose to use a specialized substance which was injected under ultrasound guidance into the lesion which allowed complete shrinkage and resulted in cure. These surgeries are performed in the Head and Neck Surgery Department by
Dr. Maayan Gruber and Dr. Ohad Ronen, Head of the Head & Neck Surgery Unit, in the ENT Department.

Photo: Diagnostic Imaging Department: Lesion that was removed from the bridge of the nose by the Neurosurgery and ENT Department.