The parotid glands, located in front of the ears and moving to the jawbone, are the glands responsible for making saliva. These glands can sometimes develop tumors that are mostly benign and sometimes malignant, but both should be treated by a specialist such as Dr. Georgopoulos.
If you are diagnosed with a parotide tumor, you should make an appointment for a consultation at the Geoplasty Center as soon as possible. Dr. Georgopoulos has extensive training and experience in dealing with this condition. His medical and surgical background ensures precise and effective removal of the tumor, while his expertise in aesthetic surgical methods is brought to bear when minimizing any scarring that results from surgery.
The procedure for treating parotide tumors involves making an incision from the front of the ear to the neck, and it is performed under general anesthetic. Once the incision is made, Dr. Georgopoulos can determine the extent of the procedure and the size of the tumor to be removed. In carrying out the surgery, he will use his expertise to ensure as little tissue surrounding the tumor is removed as possible. In particularly aggressive cases, the lymph node may have become affected and may need to be removed, although this happens in only a small percentage of cases.
The second part of the procedure involves closing the incision, and this is done using micro-stitches. The goal here is to reduce scarring as much as possible, and Dr. Georgopoulos has extensive experience in this matter.
After the Treatment
Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may be required to have an overnight stay or you may be able to return home under observation afterwards. There may be a small drain from the wound to remove any excess fluid from the surgery site. If you experience pain, Dr. Georgopoulos will prescribe medication to deal with this. You will receive a detailed aftercare program from staff at the Geoplasty Center to help you manage your post-treatment experience.
After the surgery, you should expect some pain and numbness at the site of the surgery. This will dissipate in the days afterwards. In some cases, there may be weakness of the facial muscles caused by the surgery and the removal of tissue. It will be important to follow the instructions from staff at the Geoplasty Center to ensure there is no infection at the surgery site.
Parotide Tumor Treatment at the Geoplasty Center
If you have swollen gland that you believe may be a parotide tumor, you should immediately have a consultation with your doctor or seek a consultation at the Geoplasty Center. Dr. Georgopoulos is a skilled practitioner in this area and can offer you a detailed examination and consultation once you make an appointment.