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Salivary Glands Surgery

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Asian woman holding the side of her mouth from pain should see Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VASurgery on your salivary glands is performed to manage various issues and conditions that affect the salivary glands. The salivary glands produce saliva that helps in digestion and maintaining a moist environment in the mouth. Some of the common salivary gland surgeries and how they are performed include:

Sialadenitis(Salivary Gland Infections)

Recurrent or severe salivary gland infections that are unresponsive to antibiotics can be treated via surgical drainage. The incision and drainage procedure involves making an incision, removing any infected materials, and draining pus.

Removal of Salivary Gland Stones

Salivary stones block the glands' ducts, causing pain, swelling, and infection. In cases of salivary stones, a sialothotomy procedure is performed. The surgeon makes an incision in the duct and removes any stones, allowing normal flow. This will help ease pain and ensure good functionality.

Salivary Gland Tumor Excision

Salivary gland tumors may be benign or malignant; surgery is the primary treatment for such tumors. Depending on the size, location, and type of the surgeon, they may perform a partial parotidectomy or total parotidectomy. Partial parotidectomy removes the parotid gland, most often used for benign tumors, while total parotidectomy is the complete removal of the parotid gland in cases of malignant or large tumors.

Salivary Gland Duct Repair

Surgical repair of the salivary gland duct may be required in duct stricture, trauma, or injury cases. The surgery involves reconnection or unblocking of the vents to enhance blood flow.

Ranula Removal

A Ranula is a collection of fluid or a cyst that forms under the tongue secondary to blocked salivary ducts. To prevent the recurrence of infection, surgical removal of the ranula is typically essential.

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These cyst lesions form in the salivary glands and mainly occur secondary to recurrent infections. In these kinds of conditions, surgical excision and drainage are necessary.

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