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Parotid Gland and Surgery

The parotid gland is the gland that is affected by Mumps…

Lumps (or tumours) within the parotid gland are actually common and have been known to occur in patients of all ages. They occur due to an abnormal growth of the cells inside the gland and whilst the vast majority of these are benign (not cancerous) some can be cancerous.

What to expect at your consultation…

Our elite ENT surgeons in Melbourne will take a detailed medical history and then proceed to conduct a thorough assessment, which is usually followed by an ultrasound performed by a radiologist. If necessary, a sample may be extracted from the lump via needle during your ultrasound and sent away for testing to assess the cause of the swelling. Other tests may include X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs or a sialogram.

The surgery to remove the parotid lump is called a parotidectomy, which involves removing part or all of the parotid gland. This procedure is performed using a general anaesthetic. As with any surgical procedure there may be complications, which can include:

  • Weakness of the face
  • Cosmetic deformity
  • Bleeding or leakage of saliva
  • Skin changes – sweating and flushing
  • Numbness or an altered sensation of the face and ears
  • Pain and stiffness

Our Melbourne ENT specialists will explain all risks and possible complications of the surgery with you so you can be fully aware of all aspects of the procedure so you can make an informed decision.

To find out more about the parotid gland, or to book a consultation at our Melbourne medical clinic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.