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Treat Parotid
Gland Issues

Parotid surgery, also known as parotidectomy, is a specialized procedure aimed at addressing issues with the parotid gland, a major salivary gland located near your ear. This surgery becomes necessary when there are tumors, infections, or chronic inflammation affecting the parotid gland, leading to pain, swelling, or other complications.

During a parotidectomy, Dr. Sansoni carefully removes part or all of the parotid gland, depending on the nature and extent of the condition. He takes special care to preserve the facial nerve, which passes through the gland, to maintain facial muscle function and prevent paralysis. Furthermore, depending on your circumstances, advanced nerve monitoring and microsurgical approaches may be used to reduce risks and optimize outcomes.

Parotid Surgery Treats:

  • Tumors of the parotid gland, both benign and malignant
  • Chronic inflammation or infections affecting the parotid gland
  • Salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis) within the parotid duct
  • Recurrent swelling or enlargement of the parotid gland
  • Facial nerve paralysis or dysfunction caused by parotid gland conditions
  • Complications from untreated parotid gland disorders
  • Pain, difficulty chewing or swallowing, and facial asymmetry

Advantages of Parotid Surgery:

  • Effective removal of tumors, infections, or other abnormalities in the parotid gland
  • Alleviation of symptoms such as pain, swelling, and difficulty with chewing or swallowing
  • Preservation of facial nerve function through careful surgical techniques
  • Prevention of further complications, including facial paralysis
  • Potential improvement in overall quality of life and well-being post-surgery
  • Customized surgical approaches tailored to individual patient needs
  • Access to advanced technologies and minimally invasive techniques
  • Potential for early detection and management of malignant tumors
  • Enhanced cosmetic outcomes through precise glandular tissue removal

Parotid Surgery FAQs

How does Dr. Sansoni determine if I need parotid surgery?

Dr. Sansoni will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, which may include imaging tests such as ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans and a thorough physical examination. These assessments help determine the nature and extent of the condition affecting your parotid gland. If conservative treatments have been ineffective or if there’s concern about the presence of tumors, infections, or other abnormalities, Dr. Sansoni may recommend parotid surgery.

What are the risks associated with parotid surgery?

While parotid surgery is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries some risks. These may include bleeding, infection, damage to the facial nerve, which can lead to temporary or permanent facial weakness or paralysis, and injury to nearby structures such as blood vessels or the ear canal. However, Dr. Sansoni utilizes advanced surgical techniques and technologies to minimize these risks and ensure optimal outcomes for patients.

What should I expect during the recovery period after parotid surgery?

You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the surgical site, which typically subsides within a few weeks. Dr. Sansoni will provide specific post-operative instructions regarding wound care, pain management, and dietary restrictions to support your recovery. It’s essential to follow these instructions diligently and attend any follow-up appointments as scheduled to monitor your progress and address any concerns.

How soon can I return to normal activities after parotid surgery?

The timeline for returning to normal activities varies for each patient and depends on factors such as the extent of the surgery and individual healing capacity. Dr. Sansoni will provide guidance based on your specific circumstances, but in general, you may need to take a few days to a week off work and avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for several weeks. It’s essential to listen to your body and gradually increase your activity level as you recover.

Your Consultation

Alaska Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT is your premier destination for specialized care in parotid surgery. Led by Dr. Sansoni, the only fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon in Alaska, our elite team of experts collaborates closely to ensure optimal outcomes for every patient. With our comprehensive approach and commitment to excellence, you can trust us to provide personalized, top-tier care. If you have the signs and symptoms of parotid gland problems or tumors, schedule your consultation with Dr. Sansoni today.

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