Salivary Gland

The salivary glands are divided into major and minor glands. There are 3 major glands, these consist of the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. They are considered exocrine glands and aide in the early digestion of food by secreting the enzyme amylase, among others. Traditional salivary gland surgery can be performed to remove the diseased gland for a number of reasons:

Several innovative techniques are performed by the otolaryngologist at South Florida ENT Care Center One. Salivary calculus can be a serious problem, leading to stasis in the duct of the gland which can cause pain and a serious neck infection. Radio-active iodine administration can also lead to dysfunction of the excretory ducts of the saliva glands. Traditionally patients with these problems were offered surgery consisting of either blind removal of stone and dilation of duct or removal of the gland itself. New methods for managing salivary calculus, post-radiation salivary stasis and stenosis of salivary ducts have emerged using semi-rigid endoscopes which can be used to diagnose as well as to remove stones and dilate ducts to restore that gland back to its healthy state. Sialoendoscopy, as the procedure is named, is performed in the outpatient setting allowing patients to return to work the next day.

Additionally, should the submandibular gland need to be resected we also offer a more recently developed technique to allow the gland to be extracted intra-orally without the need for a neck incision. Traditional submandibular gland resection requires an external neck incision with risk to a branch of the facial nerve.

If you have been recently diagnosed with a salivary gland disease or feel you may be suffering from one, consult a South Florida ENT Care Center One physician today.

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