When salivary gland stones become lodged in our saliva ducts or deep within a gland, removal of the stones may be necessary. With the help of a minimally invasive technique known as a sialendoscopy alongside the expertise of a knowledgeable salivary gland stone surgeon, patients can expect to be back to their normal daily routines in no time. The Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is one of only two facilities in Southern California to offer this cutting-edge procedure.
Every Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor and head and neck surgeon at the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence is board-certified and is committed to providing exemplary patient care while selecting the best surgical options and treatment methods for each individual.
What Is Sialendoscopy?
Sialolithiasis is a very common condition. Statistics show that nearly one out of every one hundred individuals will become affected with a salivary gland stone at some point during their life. When Sialolithiasis block our saliva ducts, their removal is almost certainly necessary.
At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified physicians provide patients with the minimally invasive surgical technique known as a sialendoscopy. A sialendoscopy involves the help of a miniature endoscope to assist in the removal of the salivary gland stones. Most importantly, a sialendoscopy helps to spare full or partial salivary gland removal, meaning a patient will not need to undergo additional salivary gland surgery.
A sialendoscopy is an ideal treatment for individuals who suffer from chronic sialolithiasis or those who are experiencing large stones that cause pain and block saliva ducts. This minimally invasive procedure comes with several benefits, including:
- No Scar
- Quick Recovery
- Return Home Same Day
- No Tissue Damage To Surrounding Areas
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Recovery Following A Sialendoscopy
When a patient undergoes a sialendoscopy procedure at the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles due to chronic salivary gland infections, they are released and able to return home the very same day. Our doctors recommend that patients drink plenty of liquids for the first day, and stay away from difficult foods that are hard to eat and swallow. A patient may experience some discomfort in the salivary gland and minor swelling, though this will diminish over the course of the next several days.
Following your sialendoscopy, it’s very common to notice an extreme increase in the flow of saliva and the production of saliva. This will not only make tasks like eating, swallowing, and talking easier, but also aid in hydration and help to diminish the chances of developing additional chronic sialadenitis or sialolithiasis.
If you’re undergoing a sialendoscopy for the first time, our doctors understand that you probably have a lot of questions regarding the details of your procedure. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from patients who will undergo a sialendoscopy for the removal of salivary gland stones.
Q: Is a sialendoscopy painful?
A: A sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove a salivary gland stone, which means it is performed without any damage to other areas. Because of this, a sialendoscopy does not come with much pain, though some discomfort is to be expected, as it is still a surgical procedure.
Q: Who should perform a sialendoscopy?
A: Ideally, a sialendoscopy should be performed by a board certified ENT in Los Angeles or an experienced Head & Neck Surgeon. Our physicians have the necessary experience to help you move forward with your treatment today.
Q: Is a sialendoscopy right for me?
A: Until our doctors are able to examine you, it is difficult to say whether or not you might be a good candidate. Typically, those who are experiencing chronic infections of the salivary glands or the re-occurrence of salivary gland stones are the best patients.
Q: How long is the recovery process following a sialendoscopy (salivary stone removal)?
A: Following a sialendoscopy, it is recommended that a patient rest and relax for the remainder of the day after being released from our medical center. Some pain and discomfort, as well as swelling, is to be expected.
Q: Is a sialendoscopy covered by insurance?
A: In most cases, a sialendoscopy is covered by insurance. Our medical center will work with you and your insurance company to make sure that you do not pay more than is required to cover the cost of the surgery.
Contact An Experienced Salivary Stone Surgeon Today
The physicians of the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles are ready to provide you with the best management and treatment options for your salivary gland stones or salivary gland infections today. If you’d like to learn more about how a board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor in Los Angeles can be of service to you, please contact our medical center today. We focus one hundred percent of our efforts on providing patients with a safe, effective, and successful plan of treatment.
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