Surgery for Salivary Disorders
Patients with salivary gland stones or stenosis present with swelling in front of their ears or below their jaw bones.  The swelling usually increases with meals. 

An examination in the office is necessary to look at the glands and their openings into the mouth.  An inspection for growths or stones can be undertaken at that time.  Imaging including ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning may aid in the care of difficult patients.

Surgery can be performed in the operating room under sedation (twilight) or general anesthesia.  Blood thinners are not a problem, but should be discussed with your surgeon before traveling to Pittsburgh.  Patients are discharged on the same day and generally return to work the next day.

Complications from the procedure include:
1. Failure to retrieve the stone
2. Need for an external (classic) salivary gland procedure
3. Perforation of the duct with infection
4. Swelling
5. Bleeding

To schedule an evaluation call Dr. Schaitkin at (412) 621-0123. To learn more view Dr. Schaitkin's Grand Rounds on Salivary Endoscopy.
0.9-1.6 millimeter scopes are inserted into the openings for the salivary glands in the cheek and under the tongue.
A salivary stone trapped within a basket as seen with the small telescope.