The parotid is the saliva-secreting gland located in front of the ear and stretching to the angle of the jaw on each side of the face.
Lumps may occur in the parotid gland and while these are often benign, there are cases of malignant tumours developing in this region. It is recommended that even benign lumps be surgically removed as these will continue to grow in size and may turn malignant if left untreated for too long.
Parotid surgery involves the partial or complete removal of the parotid gland performed under general anaesthetic. The incision is usually made around and behind the ear and is well hidden by the hairline.
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