What is salivary gland surgery?

Salivary gland surgery, also known as sialendoscopy or salivary gland excision, is a surgical procedure focused on the treatment of disorders affecting the salivary glands. These glands, which include the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands, produce saliva essential for digestion, oral health, and overall comfort. 

The specific surgical approach depends on the underlying condition and the affected gland. For minimally invasive procedures, small incisions are made, and specialized instruments are used to address the issue with minimal tissue damage. In more extensive surgeries, such as gland excision, larger incisions may be required, and careful techniques are used to avoid damage to nearby facial nerves.

Who is a candidate?

Salivary gland surgery is typically indicated for conditions like salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis), chronic infections, cysts, or tumors within the glands. Symptoms prompting surgery can include pain, swelling, recurrent infections, or difficulty in saliva secretion.

Surgical options

  • Sialendoscopy: A minimally invasive procedure used to remove stones or blockages in the salivary ducts. It involves inserting a tiny endoscope into the duct to locate and extract the obstruction.
  • Gland excision: In cases of tumors or chronic infections, part or all of a salivary gland may need to be surgically removed. This is more common with benign or malignant tumors in the parotid gland.

What is the recovery after salivary gland surgery?

Recovery time varies based on the extent of the surgery. Minimally invasive procedures typically allow for a quicker return to normal activities. Post-surgery, patients may experience swelling, discomfort, or temporary changes in saliva production. Pain management and specific oral care instructions are provided for recovery.

During your recovery, we are here for you.

The postoperative period following salivary gland surgery is crucial for your healing and well-being. Rest and recovery are essential, and we place a strong emphasis on ensuring your comfort during this time. Our team is here to support you throughout the recovery process, providing the care and attention you need to achieve the best possible results.

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Choose Louisiana ENT Specialists for advanced salivary gland surgery. 

When you choose Louisiana Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus for your salivary gland surgery, you're choosing a team of dedicated local doctors and specialists with deep roots in the Louisiana area. We offer convenience, expertise, and compassionate care, ensuring that your experience is focused on you. With the largest group of ENT doctors in Louisiana, we're here to provide you with top-quality care and a path to relief from salivary gland concerns. Your health and comfort are our top priorities, and we're committed to making your surgical journey as smooth and successful as possible.

With 6 convenient locations around the Louisiana area, we're never far away.

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