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Patient Care

Sialendoscopy, or salivary duct endoscopy, is a tool used to examine the salivary ducts of the parotid and submandibular glands. This procedure is performed for patients who notice recurrent swelling of the major salivary glands with eating. Salivary duct obstruction can occur from salivary duct stones (sialolithiasis), duct scarring (stenosis), inflammatory disorders of the salivary gland, or salivary gland tumors.

We treat salivary gland disorders including:

  • Parotid and submandibular gland lesions or tumors
  • Salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis)
  • Salivary gland blockage or obstruction
  • Salivary duct stenosis (scar)
  • Recurrent salivary gland infections from radioactive iodine therapy or Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Recurrent swelling of the salivary gland(s)

Benefits of Sialendoscopy and Minimally Invasive Salivary Duct Surgery include:

  • Possibility for interventions through the mouth alone, avoiding need for external incisions
  • Preserves the salivary gland and avoids gland removal
  • Improves salivary flow

Services and Procedures we offer:

  • Diagnostic sialendoscopy
  • Endoscopic laser lithotripsy
  • Endoscopic stone removal
  • Ultrasound exam and ultrasound guided access to the salivary duct and gland
  • Stenosis dilation with dilators and balloons.
  • Sialodochoplasty – reconstruction of the salivary duct
  • Combined approaches for stone removal or stenosis management
  • Transoral removal of salivary duct stones
  • Transfacial removal of parotid duct stones