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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.

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

Mr Prad Murthy

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist

MBBS FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Orl)

BMI The Highfield Hospital 1 more BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Murray Stewart

Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon

MBChB, FRCSRCPSG, FRCS ENT Ed, FRCS (ORL.HNS)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Sanjay Verma

Consultant ENT Surgeon

MB Bch, MA, PhD (Cambridge), FRCS (ORL-HNS)

BMI The Huddersfield Hospital

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Mr Jaiganesh Manickavasagam (Jai Manick)

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon

MBBS, MS (ENT), DOHNS(ENT),MRCS ENT, DOHNS, FRCS(ORL-HNS)

BMI Kings Park Hospital

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Mr Theo Joseph

Consultant ENT Surgeon

MB, BS (London) FRCS (England) General Surgery FRCS (England) Otolaryngology

BMI Hendon Hospital

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Mr Stephen Derbyshire

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon

MBChB, PGCert Med Sci, DOHNS, FRCS

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

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