Parotid Gland Surgery
The parotid glands are two of the major salivary glands and sit either side of the head in front of and below the ears. Growths can develop in the parotid glands presenting as a lump. These are commonly benign but can be malignant (cancerous).
Parotid gland lumps are investigated using ultrasound scans and needle biopsy (FNA). Depending on the nature of the lump and other patient factors surgery to the parotid gland may be indicated.
Parotid surgery usually involves removing the part of the gland that contains the lump (superficial parotidectomy) or all of the gland (total parotidectomy). Parotid surgery usually involves an overnight stay in hospital with a drain in place for the first night. A special monitor is used during the operation to help identify and protect branches of the facial nerve. The facial nerve runs through the parotid gland and controls muscles of the face.