The typical symptoms requiring salivary gland surgery are painful swelling, along with an intermittent dull pain, and infection which may form into an abscess.
A GP may be able to spot the swelling or it will be revealed on an X-ray or ultrasound but more complex formations may only show up on a CT or MRI scan. A sialendoscopy can be performed which involves a thin tube with a tiny light and camera (endoscope) being inserted into the duct so a consultant can remove the stone if it is visible.
Salivary Gland Surgery
If surgery is required, it is performed under general anaesthetic with small incisions being made in the duct to remove the stone. The patient will normally stay in hospital for 24 hours before returning home.
Most people who develop a stone will not have further trouble after it is removed.
Tumours are rare with eight people in every 100,000 developing a benign salivary tumour each year in the UK which can be removed with surgery. Malignant tumours are even rarer with only 600 reported in the UK in 2014.
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