Salivary glands secrete saliva into your mouth through ducts. The salivary glands are found around the mouth and throat. The main glands are:

  • Parotid
  • Submandibular—submaxillary
  • Sublingual glands
  • Smaller glands located throughout the mouth area

Salivary Glands
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This surgery is done to remove a salivary gland. There are different types of surgeries, depending on which gland needs to be operated on:

  • Parotidectomy —to remove the parotid gland
  • Submandibular sialoadenectomy—to remove the submandibular gland
  • Sublingual gland surgery—to remove the sublingual gland

Salivary glands can become infected and blocked. They can also have a tumor, stone, or other disorder. Surgery is done to treat the problem by removing part or all of the affected gland. It may also be done to remove tissue for testing, like removing a tumor to test for cancer.