Parotidectomy

This procedure is done to remove part or all of the parotid gland. The parotid glands are paired salivary gland located on the side of the face near the ear. The operation is indicated in diseases involving these glands. These diseases may be related to growths within the gland or stone. An incision is made behind and below the ear running down the jaw line for good cosmesis. The parotid is freed from surrounding structures, mostly nerves involved in facial expression, and divided. A drain is left to prevent swelling and the incision is sutured. The drain is usually removed within a few days from operation. Similar principles apply for removal of the other salivary glands

 

Endocrine procedures

Thyroidectomy

This procedure involves removing part or all of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located on the anterior neck and it is involved with a lot of the functions of the human body. This operation is indicated in diseases involving the thyroid gland, e.g. enlarged gland, cancer or hyperfunctioning gland not responding to medication. An incision is made in the lower neck. The thyroid gland is freed from all the vital structures in the neck ensuring to preserve them. The gland is then divided and removed. A drain maybe left to prevent swelling in the neck. The wound is sutured close.

Parathyroidectomy

This operation is done to remove the parathyroid gland. These are small gland that are located behind the thyroid gland. These operations is usually indicated if these glands are hyperfunctioning or we suspect cancer. An incision is made in the lower neck and the parathyroids are identified. The are freed from surrounding vital structures ensuring no injuries and removed. The incision is sutured closed.

 

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