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Therapeutic Sialendoscopy

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Why would I need therapeutic sialendoscopy?

If you are experiencing pain or swelling in your salivary glands, it might be recommended that you undergo a therapeutic sialendoscopy to try to identify what is causing those side effects.

What symptoms therapeutic sialendoscopy address?

If debris or stones are removed from your salivary glands during the procedure, this might help mitigate the pain and swelling that you have been experiencing. Removing a stone can also help alleviate blockages.

When should you speak to your specialist about therapeutic sialendoscopy?

If you are experiencing pain or swelling in your salivary glands, you might want to speak to your specialist about the possibility of undergoing a therapeutic sialendoscopy.

How is therapeutic sialendoscopy performed?

Therapeutic sialendoscopy can take approximate 20-60 minutes, depending on the type of procedure, and is generally done under local anaesthetic.

During the procedure, your specialist will insert a very small telescope (micro-endoscope) into the opening of the salivary gland duct and will then inspect the area for any issues. They might also remove debris or stones or perform other treatments on your salivary glands during the procedure.

What is the recovery for therapeutic sialendoscopy?

The recovery from therapeutic sialendoscopy is minor, but your recovery can depend on a variety of factors, so you should discuss this with your specialist.

You might need to take a day or two off from work after your procedure.

You and your specialist will discuss your plan for recovery prior to your therapeutic sialendoscopy.

Are there any risks/complications associated with therapeutic sialendoscopy?

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:

  • An infection
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to the nerves near the salivary glands

How can I prepare for therapeutic sialendoscopy?

Prior to your therapeutic sialendoscopy, you should discuss the preparations you should make with your specialist, as they can vary depending on the person.

Are there alternatives for therapeutic sialendoscopy?

An alternative to therapeutic sialendoscopy is to undergo a more conventional surgery where an incision is made and then any blockages or stones are surgically removed from the salivary glands.

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