The submandibular gland is a salivary gland that is located under the jaw…
Most of the lumps in a submandibular gland are benign (around 60%) however the rest have the potential to be cancerous. These lumps occur due to an overgrowth of the cells within the gland, which can result in swelling, infection and pain.
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.
Surgery of the submandibular gland generally involves removing the entire gland, which is performed under general anaesthetic. Complications of the surgery may include:
- Weakness of the corner of the mouth
- Numbness and stiffness of the neck
- Blood and saliva collection beneath the skin
- Altered taste
- Weakness of the tongue
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.