Salivary gland obstructions can be caused by either a blockage in the gland or by scarring that is the result of an infection trauma or inflammation. When saliva is prevented from exiting the ductal system a backup of saliva within the gland results in the formation of a stone which can cause pain and swelling in the gland. If left untreated, this condition can result in an infection and/or abscess. Read More
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Minimally invasive surgical applications for head and neck and thyroid diseases are giving people more options.
In the late 1990’s head and neck surgeons began developing techniques for endoscopically removing the thyroid and parathyroid glands. More recently, surgeons in Italy developed the video-assisted approach to the thyroid and parathyroid glands. This technique allows for a significantly shorter incision length (typically around 2 centimeters vs 6 centimeters for a conventional thyroidectomy). Many patients report reduced post-operative pain and a faster recovery time. Read More