Welcome to Calwest Head & Neck Surgical Institute.

Our practice is the premiere Center of Excellence for Comprehensive Head and Neck Medical and Surgical problems in Los Angeles and Southern California. All of our surgeons are board certified and fellows of the American College of Surgeons. We treat a wide variety of ear, nose and throat disorders, and excel in delivering the highest level of surgical care in head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, spine surgery, and pain management. We offer comprehensive medical and surgical care including outpatient surgery and in-office CT scanning.

Our Medical Director, Marc Kerner, MD, FACS, is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is one of only approximately 850 surgeons who have achieved this designation. He has written numerous articles, developed a number of cutting edge surgical techniques and instruments, and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Kerner is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Communication Sciences at California State University, Northridge. He is the Director of the Head and Neck Tumor Board at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center and has also been a past Chief of Surgery at Northridge Hospital. Check out all of our physicians.

An ENT doctor is one who deals specifically with issues related to the ears, nose, and throat. All of our ENT’s at Cal West ENT are board certified and combined have over 30 years of service. Some of the common issues that our ENT doctors deal with regarding the ear are ear pain and an ear ache. Ear pain is a very common issue caused by a variety of things. The ear is divided into two different anatomical sections. The outer ear is anything related from the earlobe to the ear drum. The middle ear pertains to the area of the ear located behind the ear drum itself. One of the main causes of ear pain and ear aches is ear wax. When ear wax accumulates in the outer ear, it can cause impaired hearing and subsequent pain. Other issues that can occur include swimmers ear, tinnitus also known as ringing of the ear), vertigo and Ménière’s disease.

Our ENT doctors also treat a variety of nose issues. One of the most common issues ENT doctor deal with regarding the nose are nose bleeds. Nosebleeds are brought about by a variety of reasons. Persons experiencing a nose bleed should remain in an upright position whether sitting or standing. The head should be tilted down and the tip of the nose should be pinched. By pinching the nose for 3-5 minutes, the blood in the nose will start to clot. After the bleeding has stopped, doctors recommend utilizing an ice pack. It is recommended that you not blow your nose for the next 12 hours following a nose bleed. This will allow the blood vessels in the nose time to recover and seal up properly. If this is not adhered to, another nose bleed could occur. Other nose issues can include Sinus and nasal problems, (see our sinus and nasal section), septal perforation, breathing problems, polyps.and sense of smell issues.

The throat is another area treated by our ENT doctors. One of the most common complaints in the throat is that of a sore throat. Sore throats can commonly occur due to vocal strains, viruses or infections. Depending on the cause of the soar throat treatment can be anything from gargling with warm water to being prescribed an antibiotic medication.

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