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They drain saliva (spit) inside your cheek near your upper back teeth. Symptoms of problems with your parotid glands may include:

  • Swelling
  • Discomfort when opening your mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Face or mouth pain
  • Bad taste in your mouth

If conservative treatment of your parotid glands is not successful your consultant may recommend removal.

What happens during parotid gland removal?

Parotid gland removal is performed under general anaesthetic and can take up to two hours. Your surgeon will make an incision (cut) in front of your ear. The incision may be extended under your ear lobe and down the side of your neck. They will remove the swollen area and all or part of your parotid gland. This tissue will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. A small drainage tube will be inserted to drain any excess blood or fluid from your wound while you are in hospital. The wound will be closed using stitches or staples.

Immediately following your surgery you will be taken to a recovery area where we will monitor you until you have recovered from the anaesthetic. If you are in pain regular pain relief medication will be arranged for you.

You will need to stay in hospital until your drain is removed (two-three days). Our healthcare team will advise you how to care for your wound and if you need to return to have your stitches removed.

Going home after parotid gland removal

You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home when you are discharged.

You may experience some bruising and swelling around your wound. This should fade in about one week. Keep your wound clean and dry. You should avoid any strenuous activity for at least one week following your surgery.

Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

It may take several months for your scar to fade. But it will eventually blend into the natural folds of your skin.

Most people make a good recovery from parotid gland removal. As with any surgical procedure there could be complications including:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Specific complications of parotid gland removal may include:

  • Salivary fistula – saliva leaking from the wound
  • Nerve damage – temporary or long term

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon?


Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624 488
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Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 276 591
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

0141 334 9441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555 800
Overall rating Good
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
Overall rating Good
Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 276 9401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

01912 816 131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 382551
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775 861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282 500
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286 991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531 111
Overall rating Good
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
Overall rating Good
Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715 000
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