Treating salivary stones and salivary gland infection greatly relies on the severity and number of stones affecting the person dealing with the condition. At the La Peer Health Systems Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our every board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor works diligently to provide only the best outcomes and treatment methods for our patients. Always focusing on expert patient care, it is our goal to provide an optimal patient environment while exceeding medical expectations.
To learn more about the treatment options available for your blocked mouth gland or sialadenitis, our surgeons encourage you to contact our medical center today to schedule your appointment.
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Treating Salivary Stones
There are several different treatment options that may be helpful for resolving your sialadenitis or sialolithiasis. During your initial appointment with an experienced Los Angeles salivary stone surgeon, our doctors will walk you through the most appropriate treatment options for your individual needs. In a lot of cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to help break up and diminish the stone. When this is the case, patients can also find relief in massaging the affected area and applying a heated compress to reduce pain.
When cases are severe, a common surgical treatment is known as a sialendoscopy, or the minimally invasive removal of salivary gland or its stones.
A sialendoscopy is very effective in treating salivary stones for individuals who are experiencing multiple, large salivary stones and have a blocked salivary gland. This can cause extreme pain and discomfort when eating, and can also lead to swelling. When inflammation is present a sialendoscopy is almost always the treatment of choice. During this type of procedure, your experienced salivary stone surgeon will use the help of an endoscope to make a tiny incision where your stones are located. At this point, the stones can be removed without any injury to the surrounding areas. The minimally invasive sialendoscopy also spares the entire salivary gland from being removed and has a success rate of more than 90%.
Removing and treating sialolithiasis most often differs for individuals, as there is no set treatment that works for everyone. When patients come into our medical center for assistance, we often hear the following FAQ’s regarding salivary gland stones that we would like to share for additional information.
Q: Is a sialendoscopy safe?
A: The sialendoscopy procedure has a very high success rate, more than 90%, and is ideal for treating salivary stones. This procedure is extremely safe when performed by a board certified ENT in Los Angeles who understands the patients needs and condition.
Q: Who should perform a sialendoscopy?
A: Generally, an ENT is the ideal candidate to perform such a procedure. Due to their extensive schooling and training relating to the submandibular glands and salivary stones, they have the greatest understanding of how to provide a successful surgical outcome.
Q: Which treatment will work best for me?
A: When you schedule your appointment with an experienced surgeon, your best course of treatment will be outlined. It is impossible to tell how severe your glands are without being examined first.
Q: How will I know if all of the stones were retrieved?
A: During surgery, your doctor will have an excellent view of the affected salivary gland with the help of an endoscopic camera. He or she will be able to see whether or not all of the stones have been retrieved. Many people do not have reoccurring sialadenitis after the treatment as well.
Q: What is recovery like following minimally invasive surgery?
A: Following a minimally invasive sialendoscopy, patients are often discharged the same day. Some minimal pain is often reported, but will clear up in just a few short days. Your surgeon will provide you with proper post operative care instructions to ensure that you heal properly.
Q: Will I be left with a scar?
A: The minimally invasive sialendoscopy will not leave a scar from the procedure. The surgery is performed inside of the patients mouth, which means there will be no visible signs of treatment taking place.
Contact A Knowledgeable Sialolithiasis Doctor Today
At the La Peer Health Systems Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our every board certified ear, nose, and throat doctors is ready to help every patient we see overcome their condition today. For more information about how our highly experienced salivary stone surgeons can improve your quality of life, please contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling (310) 360-9119. Sialolithiasis is an extremely treatable disorder when managed correctly by an experienced and thorough physician who’s primary focus are the needs of the patient. For additional information, please contact our center today.
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