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Submandibular Gland Excision
The submandibular salivary gland is a salivary gland about the size of a plum that lies immediately below the lower jaw. Saliva drains from it through a tube that opens on the inside of the mouth under the tongue immediately behind the lower front teeth. The most common reason for removal of the submandibular gland is as a result of an infection that occurs if the salivary tubes become blocked. Blockages usually arise as a result of stones.
Most patients usually require a night in the hospital following surgery. It is unlikely to be very sore but a prescription for painkillers will sometimes be given to you. You can expect some swelling following submandibular gland removal. All cuts made through the skin leave a scar but the majority of these fade with time and are difficult to see when they are fully healed. It may take several months for your scar to fade but eventually it should blend into the natural folds and contours of your face.
Your first return appointment will be one to two weeks after your surgery. This date and time will be given to you at the time of discharge from the hospital. Follow-up appointments will be determined by your surgeon.
There are three nerves that can be damaged all with varying results:
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