Sialendoscopy is the treatment of obstructive salivary gland disorders and other conditions of the salivary glands. Saliaendoscopy is a recently developed technique that allows diagnosis and treatment during the same procedure.
In the past, conservative treatments of salivary gland infections and obstructive diseases have failed in up to 40% of people with sialadenitis.
Major salivary gland infection and obstructive diseases present a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Obstructive sialadenitis with or without sialolithiasis represents the main inflammatory disorders of salivary glands. This is where surgery is an option that offers a minimally invasive and immediate solution to conditions that can be hugely painful to it’s sufferers.
Sialadenitis, or infected salivary glands, is usually caused by a harmful virus or bacteria. The two glads in this area of the jaw, the parotid and submandiular (at the front of the ear and under the chin) are usually most commonly affected.
Symptoms of Sialadenitis include:
- Pain in the mouth and jaw region
- Gradual localized swelling of the affected area
In this procedure an endoscope is used to explore the parotid and submandibular salivary area, providing high-quality images to diagnose the problem. This enables the specialist endoscopist to see all uncalcified stones, stenosis, polyps, mucosal plugs and foreign bodies that are most commonly missed by other means of imaging.
Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive and non-traumatic surgical technique enabling endoscopic stone removal, stricture dilatation and salivary gland lavage.