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Restore Optimal
Salivary Gland Function

Salivary gland surgery is a medical procedure that addresses issues related to saliva-producing glands, which are vital for proper oral health and digestion. Typically performed under general anesthesia, this surgery targets conditions such as salivary gland stones, infections, tumors, and other abnormalities that affect gland function.

During the procedure, your surgeon accesses the affected gland through a small incision in your mouth or neck, depending on the location of the problem. Using specialized instruments and techniques, they remove obstructions, excise tumors, or correct any structural abnormalities, ensuring optimal gland function. Post-surgery, you may experience temporary discomfort, swelling, or difficulty swallowing, but these symptoms usually subside as you heal.

Salivary Gland Surgery Treats:

  • Salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis)
  • Salivary gland infections (sialadenitis)
  • Salivary gland tumors (both benign and malignant)
  • Chronic inflammation of the salivary glands (sialadenosis)
  • Obstructions or strictures within the salivary ducts
  • Recurrent swelling or pain in the salivary glands (sialadenosis)
  • Frequent infections or abscesses in the salivary glands

The Types of Salivary Gland Surgery

Sialendoscopy

Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat conditions affecting your salivary glands. During sialendoscopy, Dr. Sansoni inserts a thin, flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) into the salivary duct to visualize obstructions, stones, or abnormalities. This allows for precise diagnosis and treatment. Compared to open surgery, sialendoscopy involves shorter recovery times, minimal scarring, and reduced risk of complications.

Salivary Gland Removal

Salivary gland removal, also known as salivary gland excision or sialadenectomy, is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of a salivary gland. Dr. Sansoni may recommend this procedure if you have a tumor, chronic infection, or other conditions that do not respond to conservative treatments. During the surgery, Dr. Sansoni carefully removes the affected gland while preserving nearby structures such as nerves and blood vessels.

Advantages of Salivary Gland Surgery:

  • Improved saliva production and flow, aiding in digestion and oral hygiene
  • Relief from pain and discomfort associated with salivary gland conditions
  • Prevention of recurrent infections or abscesses in the salivary glands
  • Resolution of symptoms such as swelling, tenderness, and difficulty swallowing
  • Restoration of normal gland function, promoting overall oral health and well-being
  • Enhanced quality of life, allowing for improved eating, speaking, and overall comfort
  • Potential for early detection and treatment of salivary gland tumors
  • Many patients return to normal routines relatively quickly post-surgery

Salivary Gland Surgery FAQs

What are some common symptoms that might indicate the need for salivary gland surgery?

Symptoms vary depending on the specific condition but may include persistent swelling or pain in the salivary glands, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, or recurring infections. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult with Dr. Sansoni for a proper evaluation and recommendation of treatment options, which may include surgery.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with salivary gland surgery?

While salivary gland surgery is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries certain risks. These may include bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures such as nerves or blood vessels, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Dr. Sansoni will discuss these risks with you beforehand and take all available precautions to mitigate them.

Will I need to make any lifestyle changes after salivary gland surgery?

In the days following the procedure, you may experience swelling, discomfort, or difficulty swallowing. In most cases, you can resume your normal activities gradually as you recover from surgery. However, Dr. Sansoni may recommend certain lifestyle changes to promote optimal healing and prevent future issues. These may include maintaining good oral hygiene, staying hydrated, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and following a soft diet initially to ease swallowing.

How long does it take to see the full results of salivary gland surgery?

The timeline for seeing the full results of salivary gland surgery depends on the individual and the specific condition treated. While some symptoms may improve immediately after surgery, it may take several weeks for the swelling to subside and for you to experience the full benefits.

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