International Patients

Having parotid surgery and finding the right surgeon to perform your procedure can be stressful. From the worries of possible tumor recurrence, to the risk of permanent facial paralysis and deforming facial scars, it is always in your best interest to get a second opinion. Remember, most physicians only perform 1-4 of these procedures a year. At the Institute, we often perform as many procedures in one week. There is no substitute for focus and experience. Dr. Osborne and Dr. Hamilton work together to provide a sound tumor surgery combined with a cosmetically appealing outcome. We understand that it is often inconvenient, time-consuming and expensive for patients to fly to our Los Angeles office for a consultation, then fly back again a few weeks later for surgery. We have designed a program to facilitate your experience that will allow you to determine the best options available to you from the comfort of your home.

Fly in for Surgery

Our local international airport is LAX. We are located approximately 20 minutes from LAX. You MUST arrive one to two days prior to your surgery date. At a designated time during this period you will meet with the doctor(s) and have an in-depth consultation discussing all procedures. All consents should be signed and dated for the pre operative appointment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail our office.

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Convenient to Cedars Sinai Medical Towers. These hotels are located close to our office and are the most convenient for appointments, surgery, and follow-up. We have also had positive feedback about these locations from our patients.

Additional Information

Travel Stipend Available*

*A travel stipend is provided to assist patients from out of town. Travel stipends assist out of town patients with ancillary costs directly associated with their surgery. Stipends may cover part or all of the cost of airfare, ground transportation, and/or lodging, and are available only to surgical patients. Travel stipends are granted by a committee on a rolling basis. Resources are limited annually. Please ask Noelia Fedi (surgical coordinator) if you would like to be considered.

– Stipends provided through a generous grant by the Osborne Head & Neck Foundation. Administered by the Osborne Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.


We advise all patients that fly-in for surgery to spend at least the first night after their procedure in a local hotel or after-care facility, thus ensuring convenience for any required medical attention. In the days that follow we will see you post-operatively and, depending upon the procedures that have been performed, you may return home within a few days. In the event that you require any medical attention after returning home, we will refer you to a local physician for a check-up. Your health and safety remain our number one priority. We look forward to meeting you and assisting in your care.

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Embassy / Visa Information

For travel outside the U.S. please contact your perspective Bureau of Consular Affairs for assistance on obtaining a travel visa. Please allow ample time approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your procedure for paperwork to be processed by the U.S. State Department and your government consulate. Please call if you need assistance with this process or click the link  for

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