What are salivary glands?
As the name suggests, salivary glands are a pair of organs that create saliva to moisten the mouth to allow easy swallowing.
There are three major salivary glands: one under the tongue (sublingual), one on the side of your face (parotid), and one below the lower jaw (submandibular).
Salivary glands can present swollen due to a lesion within the gland. Problems with salivary glands usually occur when the tubes from these glands to the mouth become blocked by tiny stones or structures. Blockages can cause swelling and infections, and these can have a considerable effect on your ability to swallow and eat.
Get treatment from a leading expert
If you have a salivary gland problem, it’s recommended you see an expert in head and neck surgery from the start.
This is because we encounter patients whose overall outcome has unfortunately been compromised through poor treatment decisions.
It is very difficult for someone without great expertise to tell the difference between benign and malignant conditions, and they require very different surgical approaches. Every round of surgery increases the risk of damage and injury.
Mr Lee has vast experience in treating salivary gland problems, so you can rest assured that you’re in the best possible care.