Parotidectomy (say "puh-rawt-ih-DEK-tuh-mee")
is the removal of the parotid
glands, located below the ears. They make saliva, which enters the mouth
through a tube (duct) near the back teeth. Most tumours that grow in
the parotid glands are benign, meaning they are not cancer.
may leave the hospital with stitches in the cut (incision) the doctor made.
Your doctor will tell you if you need to come back to have these removed. You
may still have a tube called a drain in your neck. Your doctor will take this out a few days after your surgery.
You may have some
trouble chewing and swallowing for several days after you go home. You may have
numbness in your earlobe and weakness in your face. For most people, these
problems get better within 3 to 4 months. But it can take as long as a year. In
some cases, problems with facial movement are permanent.
sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get
better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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