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Salivary gland removal

You may need a salivary gland removed to eliminate a benign or malignant tumour, or when a gland duct becomes blocked, causing pain and swelling.

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What is salivary gland removal? 

The salivary glands produce saliva.  There are three major pairs of salivary glands; parotid glands, sublingual glands and submandibular glands.  Some patients may require to have a salivary gland removed to eliminate a benign or malignant tumour but also in the situation where a gland duct becomes blocked (often by a stone or narrowing of the duct) causing pain and swelling. 

What does the surgery involve?

Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic.  The position of the incision depends on the gland that is being removed.  There are risks that are specific to the surgical removal of the salivary gland and your consultant surgeon will discuss these with you.  

How soon will I recover?

Post operatively you may experience some mild pain requiring pain killers. You should be able to eat and drink normally almost immediately and removal of one of these glands will not make any significant difference to the amounts of saliva that you produce.

Specialists offering Salivary gland removal

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Mr Zaid Awad

Consultant Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon

PhD, FRCS (ORL-HNS), MFSTEd, DOHNS, MBChB

Syon Clinic

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Miss Zi-Wei Liu

Consultant ENT Surgeon

FRCS MA (Cantab)

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Phillip Ameerally

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

BDS, MBBS (Hons), FDS, FRCS (MaxilloFacial)

The Saxon Clinic 1 more Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Solomon Abramovich

Consultant ENT Surgeon

LRCP, MRCS, FRCS

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Jonathan Hughes

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat / Head and Neck Surgeon

PhD FRCS

The Cavell Hospital 2 more The Chiltern Hospital The Kings Oak Hospital

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