Submandibular Gland Excision

This surgery involves removal of the salivary gland in the side of the chin called the submandibular glands.

Swelling of the submandibular gland may be due stones in the duct, certain infections, certain inflammatory conditions or in cancers.

The patients complaint of pain and swelling in the side of the chin / upper neck . They may also have dryness of mouth and discharge of plus /blood from under the tongue . Patient requires thorough clinical examination along with fine needle aspiration cytology,ultrasound examination, CT/MRI scans to come to the right diagnosis and decide if surgery is required.

This surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. A cut is made in the submandibular area and the gland is removed. Patient may require drain after surgery which will remain for two to three days.

The specimen is usually sent for histopathological examination and the reports are compared with preoperative tests.