Parotidectomy is the removal of the parotid gland. This gland is found below
the ear. It makes saliva. The saliva enters the mouth through a tube (duct)
near the back teeth.
The gland is taken out to remove a blockage in the parotid duct. This can be caused by a stone, scarring, or a tumour. Most tumours that grow in the parotid gland
are benign, meaning they are not cancer.
You will be asleep during
the surgery. The doctor will take out the gland through a cut (incision) in
your neck and in front of your ear. The incision usually heals without leaving
an obvious scar.
You will likely have a tube called a drain placed
behind your ear. This lets fluid out of the incision. Your doctor will probably
take this out a few days after your surgery.
Your doctor will tell
you if you need to come back to have stitches taken out.
be able to return to work or your normal routine after a few weeks. How long it
will take depends on several things, such as how much tissue was taken out,
how quickly you recover, and the kind of work you do.
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 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.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed
Enter H726 in the search box to learn more about "Parotidectomy: Before Your Surgery."
Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
© 2006-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.