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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 Spencer Hodges

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

BDS, FDS RCS, MB BS (Hons.), FRCS (OMFS), Interface Fellowship Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr Andrew Sidebottom

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

BDS, FDSRCS, MBChB, FRCDS, FRCS (OMFS)

The Park Hospital

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Mr Vinod Prabhu

Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgeon

MBBS, DLO, DOHNS (England), MRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS(ORL-HNS) Edinburgh

Werndale Hospital

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Mr Jeyaram Srinivasan

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon

MBBS, DNB (Gen Surgery), FRCS Ed (Gen Surgery), FRCS Ed (Plastic Surgery)

The Beardwood Hospital

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Mr Andrew Camilleri

Consultant ENT Surgeon

MBChB  FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Orl)

The Alexandra 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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