Parotid Surgery in Bakersfield
Parotid surgery is often recommended for patients who develop tumors in the parotid glands. Dr. Vadapalli of Bakersfield Sinus Center specializes in this and other head and neck surgeries, welcoming patients from Porterville, Bakersfield, CA and neighboring areas.
What is Parotid Surgery?
Parotid surgery is a surgical procedure performed to remove tumors from the parotid glands. The parotid glands are salivary glands located on either side of the mouth, in front of the ears. They are located near the facial nerve, which controls many of the expressive features of your face. Because of this proximity, the growth of tumors in the parotid glands can affect the function of the facial nerve. Any tumors in the parotid glands are often addressed quickly to minimize any adverse affects they may have on the facial nerve.
Why Choose Satish R. Vadapalli, MD for Your Parotid Surgery?
Dr. Vadapalli specializes in head and neck surgery as well as many sinus and snoring treatments. With over two decades of experience, he is an ideal candidate for performing parotid surgery and related procedures. No matter what treatment you are receiving, you can always expect the attentive and personalized care for which we are known.
What is the Parotid Surgery Treatment Like?
Parotid surgery is performed using general anesthesia. Once anesthesia is administered, an incision will be made underneath the ear and along the jawline towards the neck. Through this incision, Dr. Vadapalli will remove the tumor and a small layer of the surrounding tissue. Afterwards, the incision will be closed and the treatment will be complete. The parotid surgery procedure is typically completed in about an hour.
What is the Parotid Surgery Recovery Like?
The recovery from parotid surgery takes about two weeks. During this time, you will need to take special care of the incision as well as the drain applied to help the healing process. Most swelling and discomfort should resolve within two weeks of surgery, at which time patients can return to work and other activities. Approximately one month after treatment, patients can resume exercise and other strenuous activities and will notice a significant reduction in swelling and scarring.
What Results Can I Expect from Parotid Surgery?
After parotid surgery, the removal of the tumors and the affected parotid glands should alleviate any symptoms that patients were initially experience. With the parotid glands removed, the risk of future tumors on the parotid glands in the treated area will be eliminated.
If you are in need of parotid surgery, contact us to schedule your initial appointment at Bakersfield Sinus Center. We are proud to serve the residents of Bakersfield, Porterville, and the surrounding cities of California.