The submandibular glands are located underneath the jaw on either side of the neck. The submandibular gland may be affected by infections, stones, benign tumors, or cancers. For these conditions removal of the submandibular gland may be indicated.
Submandibular gland resection is a procedure which is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. A small cut is made in the neck just underneath the jaw line. The gland is identified underneath the jaw and careful dissection occurs around the gland to carefully free up surrounding tissue.
The gland is removed in one piece and stitches are used to reapproximate the skin. This is generally an outpatient procedure in which patients may go home immediately after surgery.