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Parotidectomy involves the removal of the largest salivary gland, the parotid. This procedure is done under general anesthesia and it’s usually performed to treat a tumor, chronic infection or blocked gland.

During the operation, your surgeon will remove the entire gland or a small section of it. If your doctor is treating a tumor, he or she will examine the tissue under a microscope to identify the specific type of growth and determine whether it’s cancerous or benign.

Submandibular sialoadenectomy

This surgery is done to treat chronic infections, large stones and tumors in the submandibular gland. Masses in this area tend to be malignant, so they usually require the removal of the entire gland.

Sublingual gland surgery

This surgery is done to remove the sublingual gland due to a large cyst. During the procedure, your surgeon will usually make an incision through the mouth. However, if the cyst is particularly large, a cut will also be made in the neck.

Do I need salivary gland surgery?

Benign tumors Noncancerous tumors usually require surgery, in addition to radiation to prevent a recurrence.

Malignant tumors These growths always require surgery if it is safe.

Stones Small stones may pass through the duct without treatment. Deep or large stones, however, may prompt the removal of the entire gland.

Cysts If the cyst is small, it may drain without treatment. Large cysts, however, often require surgery.

Infection If you have a severe bacterial infection, the gland may need to be drained surgically.

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Salivary gland surgery is a delicate, complex procedure. At SFENTA, our physicians have years of experience safely and successfully performing these surgeries for our patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin planning your treatment.

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