Thyroid, Salivary Gland & Sialendoscopy Conditions
Thyroid, Salivary Gland & Sialendoscopy Procedures

Submandibular Gland Excision

What is a Submandibular Gland Excision ?

The Submandibular glands are saliva producing glands located beneath the lower jaw , and their ducts open into the mouth under the front part of the tongue.

A Submandibular Gland Excision is an operation to surgically remove the submandibular salivary gland along with the disease or lump / tumour in it. It is an operation performed under general anaesthesia.

What is a Submandibular Gland Excision done for ?

Some of the conditions for which a Submandibular Gland removal may be advised are :

  • Obstruction to the salivary glands due to stone / calculus formation not treatable with sialendoscopy
  • Recurrent infection and inflammation of submandibular salivary glands not responding to medical treatment.
  • Drooling not controlled with medications.
  • Unexplained enlargement of the Submandibular salivary gland to rule out a cancer.

Our ENT, Head Neck Surgeon will discuss the entire treatment plan and options with the patient and family. We consider the complete history , findings on clinical examination and the findings on all investigations such as FNAC, Ultrasound and CT / MRI to advise you on the most appropriate option.

Surgical Considerations :

This surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgical team will discuss the nature of the surgery – whether we will remove the gland intra oral or externally, the placement of the incision, and the methods we use to reduce potential damage to the nearby nerves.

Our aim is to ensure the best outcome in terms of disease / tumour removal with minimal complication. This type of surgery requires the surgical team to be delicate and precise, as it our priority to identify and preserve the various nerves nearby so as to prevent trauma and ensure safe gland removal.

We will also discuss the postoperative course and what to expect after the surgery.

For more details please read the information sheet here.


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