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Total parotidectomy

Total parotidectomy

Total parotidectomy: A total parotidectomy is the surgical removal of the parotid gland, which is a large salivary gland that lies near the facial nerve (there are two parotid glands, one on each side of face near the ear). The facial nerve is left intact if possible, but other tissues surrounding the parotid gland may need to be removed to completely excise the tumor or diseased cells.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Total parotidectomy

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Total parotidectomy:

  • Parotid gland tumor, benign and malignant
  • Parotid gland infection

Anesthetic Requirements for Total parotidectomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Total parotidectomy may include:

Procedure Complications: Total parotidectomy

Possible surgical complications of Total parotidectomy may include:

  • Facial nerve damage (facial weakness)
  • Facial flushing and sweating (Frey's syndrome)
  • Auricular nerve damage
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Salivary gland fistula (channel)
  • Parotid gland cancer recurrence
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Total parotidectomy

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is excellent. Complications with facial paralysis often resolve within a year.

Total parotidectomy: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Total parotidectomy: Seven to ten days.

Total parotidectomy: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Total parotidectomy) include:

  • Parotidectomy

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