Performing salivary gland removal may be done for a number reasons, but almost always involves a gland that is not functioning properly due to a problem in the salivary glands, including tumors, infections, or the chronic occurrence of sialolithiasis.
At La Peer Health Systems Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat physicians have expert knowledge and use the most technologically advanced minimally invasive techniques to provide our patients with an optimal surgical experience.
Reasons For Salivary Gland Removal
When a person experiences problems with their mouth glands, it’s possible that partial or complete salivary gland removal may be the best course of action. Most commonly, those who are dealing with the following are the best candidates to undergo the procedure, including but not limited to:
- Chronic Mouth Gland Infections
- Reoccurring Sialolithiasis
- Mouth Gland Tumors
At our medical center, our doctors will perform different tests to determine whether or not you might be a good candidate to undergo partial or full mouth gland removal. Such tests include an ultrasound, CT scan, biopsy, and a physical examination.
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Salivary Gland Removal Methods
At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our doctors focus on providing blocked mouth gland relief when chronic sialadenitis, stones, or tumors are affecting our patients. Most commonly, these issues occur in the submandibular or parotid glands.
If a patient develops tumors, infections, or reoccurring sialolithiasis in the parotid gland, they may be a candidate to undergo a micro parotidectomy, better known as the minimally invasive counterpart of a traditional parotidectomy. When patients are dealing with an infected parotid gland, saliva production is usually slowed, resulting in extreme dry mouth. During a micro parotidectomy, our board certified ENT’s will make a small incision near the patients ear and use the help of an endoscope to locate the infected area. Immediately following the procedure, our physician is able to tell whether or not the surgery was successful.
Removal of the submandibular glands is another option for individuals who develop chronic infections, tumors, or sialolithiasis. The submandibular glands are located at the base of the mouth and towards the side. This is where the majority of mouth gland stones develop. With the help of an endoscope, our physicians can perform a sialendoscopy to remove both stones and the infected part of the submandibular gland.
Whichever option is best for you will be discussed during your initial consult with our physicians.
Salivary Gland Removal FAQ
Having questions pertaining to your mouth gland surgery is extremely common. In fact, our surgeons realize the importance of providing you with answers to your every concern, which is why we’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions that we hear often. If you have further questions, please contact our medical center today to schedule your appointment with a specialized doctor in Los Angeles.
Q: Why are salivary glands removed?
A: Salivary glands may be removed for a number of reasons, most commonly due to the occurrence of sialolithiasis, gland tumors, or chronic sialadenitis that affect a persons quality of life.
Q: Who should perform salivary gland surgery?
A: Ideally, a board certified ENT or head and neck surgeon who is experienced should perform the oepration.
Q: How will I know if I am a good candidate for surgery?
A: After visiting the our surgical center, our expert doctors will be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for operation. This may be done through a physical examination, CT scan, and biopsy of the infected gland.
Q: Is the surgery painful?
A: At our medical center, we use only the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques for removal of the mouth gland, which allows our patients to recover much quickly than a standard operation. While patients may experience some discomfort after surgery, it should clear up in the following days.
Q: What is the recovery time like?
A: It’s important to be patient when recovering. Your body has just undergone a very large change, and some discomfort is to be expected in the days following your surgery. Our doctors will provide you with a detailed overview of how to properly care for yourself post surgery.
Contact An Experienced Surgeon Today
Whether or not the best course of action for you is a surgical excision of your mouth glands needs to be determined by a board certified Ear, Nose & Throat doctor or head and neck surgeon. At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our physicians are ready to help you move forward in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of your condition today. Remember, the sooner that you’re able to visit our doctors, the sooner we’ll be able to help you overcome the troubles brought on by your salivary gland condition. For more information, please contact our surgeons in Los Angeles today.
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