Sialoendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where a small camera is placed into the salivary gland through the mouth. Sialoendoscopy is performed for patients with salivary gland stones and ductal narrowing. Sialoendoscopy is a procedure performed most commonly in the operating room, and does not require any cuts on the skin.
Sialoendoscopy may be used along with a laser for treatment of stones. A laser is used to break up a stone into small pieces and the pieces are then removed using a small basket. In the case of a narrow duct, sialoendoscopy may be used to dilate or widen the area.
Sialoendoscopy may not be the ideal procedure for all salivary gland disorders, but is a helpful adjunct in management of some diseases.