Only Advanced Salivary Gland Surgery Center in Florida | Tampa General Hospital

Only Advanced Salivary Gland Surgery Center in Florida

Tampa General Hospital’s Center for Advanced Salivary Gland Surgery is the only one of its kind in the state of Florida, providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for all benign and malignant salivary gland disorders.

Led by director Dr. Matthew Mifsud, center specialists evaluate patients for a variety of both common and rare conditions, including, Xerostomia (aka dry mouth), salivary gland infections, parotid gland tumors, and facial nerve paralysis. From in-office ultrasonography and Botox injections to fine needle aspiration biopsies and minimally invasive salivary endoscopies, patients have access to a range of treatment options.

High Volume of Minimally Invasive Procedures

TGH specialists perform unusually high volumes of minimally invasive procedures:

  • High Definition Salivary Endoscopy
  • Gland-sparing salivary treatments without need for external incisions to address inflammatory disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome, juvenile recurrent parotitis, chronic salivary pain, and radiation-induced parotitis, as well as salivary stones.
  • Minimally invasive parotid surgery, which allows tumor removal with more limited facial nerve dissection and enhanced aesthetic result.
  • Complex salivary cancer resections combined with post-operative, microvascular reconstruction and reanimation surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Salivary Endoscopy for Salivary Gland Disease

Tampa General’s Center for Advanced Salivary Gland Surgery offers minimally invasive salivary endoscopy, a preferred diagnostic and treatment option for patients with chronic sialadenitis.

During this procedure, a small endoscope is inserted into the salivary duct, allowing specialists full view of the salivary gland and treatment based on the diagnosis. This includes biopsies of abnormal tissue, removal of stones up to five millimeters, and steroid injections. Salivary endoscopy can be combined with transoral sialodochoplasty to remove larger stones, reducing morbidity and risk compared to an open approach. Salivary endoscopy is highly successful for curing symptoms of salivary gland obstruction, has a more than 90% success rate for salivary stones, and a success rate ranging between 75%-90% for inflammatory disorders.