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Dr. Babak Larian, the Chairman and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified surgeon...
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5 People More Likely to Develop Salivary Gland Stones

5 People More Likely to Develop Salivary Gland Stones

Salivary gland stones occur when tiny calcium, chemical, or debris deposits form into a rock-like shape in one of the three salivary glands in the mouth. These stones can develop in all three major salivary glands and oftentimes blocks the flow of saliva. While some may experience no symptoms of having salivary gland stones, others may experience facial pain, swelling, redness, dry mouth, and difficulty swallowing. At the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery, salivary gland surgery expert Dr. Larian has years of training and experience in treating patients experiencing salivary gland stones.

Who Is Most Likely to Develop Salivary Gland Stones?

Stones in the salivary gland affect 1 out of every 100 adults. The exact cause of salivary stones is still unknown by doctors, but over the years they have determined that salivary gland stones are most commonly found in some people more than others. Men are twice as likely to develop salivary stones than women. People who have previously had salivary stones are more likely to get them again. Five other groups that are more likely to develop salivary gland stones include those who:

  • Are older
  • Have endured trauma or sustained an injury to that area
  • Have kidney disease
  • Suffer from Gout or Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Have undergone radiotherapy in the head and neck

What is the Best Treatment for Salivary Gland Stones?

At the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery, Dr. Larian provides relief for patients suffering from salivary gland stones through the most advanced and effective techniques. To remove salivary gland stones, Dr. Larian can perform endoscopic salivary gland surgery called sialendoscopy. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure allows Dr. Larian to remove the salivary gland stone with no external scarring and no surrounding tissue damage. During the sialendoscopy procedure, a small endoscope enters the salivary duct and removes the salivary gland stone. Patients are often able to return home the same day as the procedure and enjoy a quick recovery.

Who Should Perform Salivary Gland Surgery?

It is ideal for patients to undergo a sialendoscopy from a board-certified head and neck surgeon, as they have the most training and experience treating that area of the body. Further, patients should seek a salivary gland expert who specializes in treating patients who suffer from salivary gland disorders. At the CENTER for Parotid Surgery, Dr. Larian has expertise in performing surgery on the salivary glands and is recognized as a leader in the field of salivary and parotid gland surgery.

Schedule a Salivary Gland Stone Consultation Today!

If you are experiencing the symptoms of salivary gland stones, don’t hesitate to contact the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery to schedule a consultation with salivary gland expert Dr. Larian. Learn more information about how Dr. Larian can help treat your salivary gland stones by calling 310.461.0300 today!

Next, learn more about What You Need to Know about Deep Lobe Parotid Tumors.


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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA