There are a few types of salivary gland surgeries, and their use depends on the location of the tumors in the glands. At Texas ENT Specialists, we are experts in salivary gland surgery and are proud to offer this treatment to their patients across the Houston area.

Types of Salivary Gland Surgery 

There are several types of salivary gland surgery that can be used. Listed below are the two most common types of surgery that affect the largest of the salivary glands. Each salivary gland surgery focuses on different types of glands that are found within the same area. 


This is the removal of part, or all, of the parotid gland. The parotid gland is the largest salivary gland and is responsible for making saliva. This surgery is performed due to tumors in the area. During the procedure, an incision is made at the front of the ear and continues down to the neck and under the jawline. The portion of the gland is removed, and some surrounding tissue and the incision are closed. 

Submandibular Gland Excision

The submandibular glands are the second-largest salivary glands. This surgery may be performed if there are blockages, stones, or repeat infections of the area. For this surgery, the incision will be made at the crease of the neck and a portion of the entire gland is removed. 

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Conditions Treated Through Surgery

These surgeries are primarily designed for those with tumors in the salivary glands. These tumors may be cancerous, but are often benign. Salivary gland surgery can also help patients experiencing blockage of saliva, salivary stones, and repeat gland infections.

Benefits of Salivary Gland Surgery 

Salivary gland surgery offers patients who have salivary gland tumors a way to find lasting relief. By removing these tumors, your side effects will diminish and you will be able to live life more comfortably. Our expert surgeons can perform the surgery using the latest medical techniques to make it as safe as possible.

About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists offers specialized treatments and surgery for various ear, nose, and throat conditions. We have 15 convenient office locations across Texas to make it as easy as possible for you to access our care. We have set ourselves apart in the industry through:

Personalized Treatment

We customize each of our ENT services to meet your specific needs, leading to the best possible outcomes.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Each of our 15 locations is staffed with a group of top-rated physicians that can help address your ENT concerns.

Centers of Excellence

Our locations are equipped with the latest medical technology to help us provide the most comprehensive care.

Continuity of Care

With our network of highly trained providers, we work to ensure long-term relief.

Who Is a Candidate for Surgery?

Candidates for salivary gland surgery have tumors in the salivary glands, salivary gland blockages, or other salivary gland issues. During your appointment at Texas ENT Specialists, our staff will evaluate your glands and may also ask you to undergo some testing to help see if surgery is right for you or if there is another treatment method you may be better suited for.

Your Salivary Gland Surgery

When you arrive for your first appointment, one of our expert providers will meet with you to evaluate your symptoms, discuss your medical history, and perform a physical exam if needed. Once it’s time for surgery, the steps may vary depending on which surgery you require.

You will be placed under general anesthesia, the incision will be made, and part or all of the gland will be removed. After your surgery, the incisions will be closed and you will begin your recovery. Recovery can typically last 1-2 weeks, depending on the procedure that was performed.

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Why choose Texas ENT Specialists?

Salivary gland surgery is a complex surgery that requires immense surgical skill. Because the glands are in a difficult-to-reach location and near facial nerves, it requires an experienced professional. Texas ENT Specialists has highly-trained surgeons who are experts in this surgery.

With 18 convenient locations across the greater Houston & San Antonio areas, we’re never far away.

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