What Is Parotidectomy?
A parotidectomy is surgery used to treat benign or malignant disorders of the parotid salivary gland. It is occasionally performed for chronic infections.
Two Weeks Before Surgery
Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for two weeks prior to surgery. Medications in this family include: aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, naproxen, Celebrex and others. These medicines increase the risk of bleeding. Also, discontinue all homeopathic alternative medicines such as ginkgo biloba, garlic, fish oil, dong quai, feverfew or ginseng. These too may increase bleeding.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an NSAID, therefore, can be taken prior to surgery.
Parotidectomy is performed with an incision in front and below the ear. It is usually a well-tolerated procedure with mild to moderate pain afterwards. You will be given pain medicine and possibly antibiotics. You can eat and/or drink as tolerated after surgery. We also request you do not resume aspirin or other NSAIDs for two weeks following surgery, due to increased bleeding risk. We request you avoid any strenuous activity for one to two weeks after surgery. This will minimize the chances of fluid collection and bleeding.
General Post-Operative Instructions
- Activity: Light activity for 1 to 2 weeks it is recommended after parotidectomy.
- Diet: You can eat a diet as you tolerate after parotid surgery.
- Medicines: You will be prescribed pain medicines and possibly antibiotics. Take these as directed.
- Bathing: Generally, you may shower 24 hours after the drains are removed. Please do not take a bath until one week after your sutures or staples are removed.
- Post-operative follow-up: your sutures or skin clips will be typically be removed 5-7 days after surgery.
If this post-operative visit has not already been scheduled, please call our office to make that appointment. 847-674-5585.