Services offered at our “One Stop Neck Lump Clinic.”
Mauranui Clinic 86 Gt South Road Epsom
At our Neck Lump Clinic you will not be assessed by a recently qualified, recently trained surgeon who has a limited degree of experience. You will be seen by Dr John Chaplin, a highly experienced head and neck surgeon who is trained to recognise the nuances of neck lump presentation. Examinations are thorough and once investigations are performed, at the same appointment setting, it is usual for an experienced surgeon to have a working diagnosis in a very short time.
The treating surgeon can then usually give you a very accurate outline of what further investigation and treatment would involve. The level of high volume surgery and vast experience of the specialist makes this a far more comprehensive interaction than may be available elsewhere. The patient will benefit from:
Office Based Neck Ultrasound Examination
Any patient who attends our One Stop Neck Lump Clinic will undergo an office based ultrasound scan using a General Electric Logiq E scanner that, despite being a small machine, has fantastic resolution and produces some of the best images I have seen. Many years of looking at ultrasound images of neck lumps every day along with the insight that may years of performing complex open neck surgery has given me unparalleled intuition as to what might be significant or not. I am not necessarily influenced by radiology or pathology opinions that come from personnel that spread there skills among other anatomical and pathological areas as those who work for other neck lump clinic services may be.
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNA)
A safe and accurate technique to investigate all lumps in the neck including nodules in the thyroid gland tumours in the salivary glands and all pathology in neck lymph nodes. A fine needle is passed into the neck lump under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement into the tissue most likely to yield diagnostic material. The needle in then massaged in and out of the neck lump to milk cells up into the needle shaft. The cells are then either smeared onto a glass slide and sprayed with fixative or washed into cell preserving solution and sent to the lab. Usually the results are available in 24-48 hours and Dr Chaplin will contact you with this results.
Full contrast enhanced CT scanning is available onsite at Mauranui Clinic, 86 Great South Road Epsom Auckland. Where appropriate a scan will be arranged at the time of the original appointment reducing the inconvenience of another appointment and speeding up the diagnostic process significantly.
Urgent Neck Lump Appointments Available