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Excision of the Parotid Gland

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Why would I need an excision of the parotid gland?

If a lump has been discovered in your parotid gland, you will likely need to have this procedure.

What symptoms does an excision of the parotid gland address?

If there is a lump in your parotid gland, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Trouble with or pain when you open your mouth
  • Pain in your mouth or on your face
  • Swelling
  • Mouth dryness
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

When should you speak to a specialist about an excision of the parotid gland?

If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should speak to your specialist so they can check your parotid gland and they might recommend that it is removed.

How is an excision of the parotid gland performed?

The excision of the parotid gland takes approximately two hours and is performed under general anaesthetic.

The surgeon will make an incision that will begin behind your ear and extend onto your neck. They will then remove the gland and stitch up the incision.

What is the recovery for an excision of the parotid gland?

Your recovery from an excision of the parotid gland can depend on multiple factors, including your age, fitness level, and the nature of your procedure.

You will likely need to take about a week off of work after your procedure.

Your specialist will advise you of any additional precautions you should take or things you should do after your procedure.

Are there any risks/complications associated with an excision of the parotid gland?

As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.

Some complications that have been associated with the procedure are:

  • Leakage of saliva from the surgical wound
  • Nerve damage

How can I prepare for an excision of the parotid gland?

Prior to an excision of the parotid gland you should discuss the preparations you should make with your surgeon, as there are several that could be suggested and they vary depending on the person

Are there alternatives for an excision of the parotid gland?

It’s possible that the lump in the parotid gland could be caused by a stone, and depending on its position, the surgeon might be able to remove just the stone instead of the entire parotid gland.

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