This surgery involves partial or complete removal of the salivary gland in the cheek called the parotid glands.
Swelling of the parotid gland may be due stones in the parotid duct, certain infections, certain inflammatory conditions or in cancers. Cancer of the parotid gland may not be very dangerous but requiredms removal as it may turn into dangerous variety after certain period.
The patients complaint of pain and swelling in cheek. They may also have dryness of mouth and discharge of plus /blood from the inner part of the cheek. Patient requires thorough clinical examination along with fine needle aspiration cytology, ultrasound examination,CT/MRI scans to come to the right diagnosis and decide if surgery is required.
This surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. A cut is made in front of the ear on the side of surgery and the gland is removed either partially or totally depending on the case. Patients may develop weakness of face on the side of surgery which will recover over a period of time. Patient may require drain after surgery which will remain for two to three days. The specimen is usually sent for histopathological examination and the reports are compared with preoperative tests.