The ducts of the main salivary glands open into the mouth. The process of viewing the inside of the channels by entering these channels with a very thin endoscopic camera system is called salivary gland endoscopy = sialendoscopy.
Sialendoscopy is a procedure performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. With sialendoscopy, if there is a stone in the salivary gland duct, it can be removed, medication can be applied into the gland, and if there is a stenosis in the salivary gland duct, it can be enlarged.
Sialendoscopy is the most effective and newest method used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that cause obstruction in the ducts of the salivary glands under the jaw (submandibular) and in front of the ear (parotid). Up to 90% of treatment can be provided with sialendoscopy.
Pathologies that cause obstruction in the salivary gland ducts are often salivary gland stones and salivary duct stenosis. In the past, in such cases, the salivary gland was surgically removed. Today, these pathologies can be treated by protecting the salivary glands with the help of sialendoscopy.