Sialendoscopy refers to a relatively new procedure that can be used to both diagnose and treat salivary stones and other salivary gland disorders. Sialendoscopy involves the use of endoscopes – tiny, camera-like tubes – to see inside the salivary glands and treat salivary stones.
Salivary stones are small, calcified objects that form inside the salivary glands or salivary ducts. The trouble with salivary stones is that they can block the natural flow of saliva into to the mouth. Common symptoms of salivary stones include pain, dry mouth, and swelling in the neck. In severe cases, patients may also experience fever or chills. Sometimes salivary stones develop without any symptoms at all.
Often it is not possible to identify an exact cause of salivary stones. However, some of the risk factors are known. These include dehydration, poor diet, certain medications, infection, and trauma to the salivary gland.
Salivary Stone Treatment
One of the primary advantages of sialendoscopy over other salivary stone treatments is that it is minimally invasive. This means that patients experience less damage to the tissue and surrounding areas, a faster recovery, and no scarring. And because sialendoscopy is an outpatient procedure, patients get to go home on the same day and recover in the comfort of a familiar environment.
For the first day, after a sialendoscopy, our doctors recommend patients drink a high quantity of liquids while also avoiding foods that are difficult to chew or swallow. Patients may also experience swelling and discomfort in the salivary gland for a couple days after the procedure. It is normal after a sialendoscopy to experience an increase in the flow of saliva into the mouth. This is a good thing because it helps lower the risk of patients developing chronic infection in the salivary gland or more salivary gland stones developing.
For patients who experience chronic salivary gland infections, recurring salivary gland stones, or salivary gland tumors, sialendoscopy might not be the best option. For these patients, our doctors might recommend salivary gland removal instead.
Contact a Salivary Gland Doctor in Los Angeles
Do you suffer from salivary gland pain due to salivary stones or some other disorder? Sialendoscopy is a cutting-edge procedure that provides minimally invasive relief for many salivary stone patients without the scarring and damage to tissue that other forms of salivary stone removal can cause. Our team of expert doctors are waiting to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. Contact us today at (888) 576-5946.
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