This is a surgical procedure to remove one or more of the salivary glands. It is usually done due to a tumor, chronic infection or blockage.
Salivary glands are located on each side of the face. Their function is to make saliva, which contains enzymes that help in digestion. Saliva also helps maintain overall oral health.
There are three pairs of major salivary glands. They include:
All of the salivary glands have ducts that empty saliva into the mouth.
An infection or tumor in one of the salivary glands can cause:
Your healthcare provider may recommend removal of a salivary gland due to a tumor, chronic infection or blockage in the gland. Tumors in the salivary glands are abnormal cells that grow in the ducts that drain the glands. These tumors are rare, especially in young people.
Blockage and swelling of the salivary glands may be caused by or related to:
Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a blocked or infected salivary gland. He or she will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. He or she may recommend the following tests:
If a tumor of one of the salivary glands is confirmed, the recommendation is usually removal of the affected gland. Prior to the surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
You will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free during the surgery.
You will probably go home the day of your surgery.
This care path gives the cost for removal of one or both of the parotid glands.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this surgery?
After your procedure, it is important to know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. Make sure that you understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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