The surgery to remove the Parotid Gland is called a Parotidectomy. This surgery involves removing either part or all of the Parotid Gland. This surgery is commonly performed to treat Parotid Gland Tumors and stones. In addition, a chronic infection of the Parotid Gland that fails to respond to medications is often treated with surgical removal. A skin incision is made, which runs from the front of the ear, curving towards the back of the ear, to the level of the hair line. This incision is very similar to that used in face-lift surgery and has excellent cosmetic results. An important part of the surgery is identification and preservation of the facial nerve which runs through the Parotid Gland and controls movement of the face.
Dr. Zadeh uses facial nerve monitoring equipment and delicate and meticulous dissection techniques to minimize the risk of any trauma to this important nerve during the procedure. Dr. Zadeh also uses cosmetic surgery principles to disguise the incision scar. Parotid Gland Surgery is an outpatient procedure and most patients are able to go home a few hours after surgery.