Tumours can occur in salivary glands including the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. Salivary gland surgery is occasionally required for inflammatory disorders such as recurrent infection.
Surgery to remove these tumours is delicate due to the proximity of important nerves around the glands.
The facial nerve runs through the parotid gland. It allows movement of facial muscles and injury may cause a facial droop. Parotid gland tumours are always next to this nerve.
Dr Dixon is a high-volume parotid surgeon and performs over 100 parotid surgeries and a similar number of submandibular gland surgeries in Melbourne each year.
Dr Dixon focusses on providing individualised facial contour restoration, in addition to limited scar and minimally invasive techniques, to optimise long term cosmetic outcomes.
Best results for parotid surgery are achieved with:
- correct pre-operative work-up, staging and planning
- complete tumour removal
- facial nerve preservation techniques
- preservation of surrounding sensation
- limited scar
- primary facial contour reconstruction