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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.

Doctor looking into the mouth of a patient with a scope to assess the need for salivary gland removal

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.

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