Removal of a portion or all the parotid gland is a surgical procedure that takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, and patients can expect to leave four hours after their arrival. A small drain is placed under the skin by the incision and is removed the following morning.
With this procedure, patients can expect some mild discomfort that should subside over the days following the operation. Normal activity can be resumed in as little as one or two days, and there are no dietary restrictions necessary with a parotid gland excision. Saliva production is not affected.
All sutures used in the procedure are absorbable, meaning they are naturally biodegradable in the body and do not require a follow up for removal. Out of town patients are cleared for travel the day following the removal of the drain, and no follow up is necessary unless otherwise instructed.
To learn more about our ENT procedures, call Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (678) 483-8833.