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Salivary Gland

Salivary glands are responsible for the production of saliva. Problems with the salivary glands can range from benign to cancer. Salivary gland surgery is performed to treat tumors, cysts and other issues that affect the production of saliva.

Salivary Gland Surgery Procedures

Depending on the affected gland and severity of the issue, one of the following surgeries may be required:

Parotidectomy. Parotidectomy involves the removal of the largest salivary gland, the parotid. This procedure is done under general anesthesia and is used to treat tumors, chronic infection or a blocked gland.  During surgery, your doctor will remove either the entire gland or a small section. If a tumor is being removed, your doctor will examine the tissues and identify whether it is cancerous or benign. The nerve which controls movement to the face runs through the parotid gland, and must be carefully preserved at the time of surgery.

Submandibular Sialoadenectomy. This procedure is performed when suffering from chronic infections, large stones and tumors in the submandibular gland.  Removal of the entire gland is usually required due to masses in this area most often being malignant.

Sublingual gland surgery. This procedure is performed in order to remove cysts or growths from the sublingual gland. A small incision is made through the mouth for small growths.  Larger growths may require an incision in the neck area.

Tips For A Quicker Recovery

  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Clean wounds as instructed by physician
  • Get plenty of rest during first few days of recovery
  • Avoid clothes that must be pulled over your head

Recovery + Outlook

The recovery process for salivary gland surgery varies but many patients experience some degree of discomfort in the treated area. Pain medication can be prescribed to help ease pain and discomfort. Leaving the treated area unbothered is crucial during the recovery process in order to prevent further bleeding or complication.  

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