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Endoscopic surgery leaves salivary gland intact, no scars

People in need of salivary gland surgery have more options, thanks to a new ear, nose and throat surgeon on staff at Upstate.

Mark Marzouk, MD

Mark Marzouk, MD

Mark Marzouk, MD, the chief of the division of head and neck oncologic surgery, is one of the few surgeons in New York who is trained in an endoscopic procedure that allows the surgeon to simultaneously detect, diagnose and treat inflammatory and obstructive disorders of the salivary ductal system without having to remove the salivary gland.

“Our ability to visualize and treat the specific cause of the inflammation or obstruction allows us to save the salivary gland, leaving the patient with no external scars and at no risk of facial nerve injury,” Marzouk said. “Other benefits include less recovery time, same day discharge, and the resumption of normal activity the next day.”

summer coverThe salivary glands play a role in digestion, keeping the mouth moist and supporting healthy teeth by producing saliva. Depending on the severity of their condition, patients who have surgery on the salivary glands may be able to return home the same day.

Hear a radio interview with Marzouk on the subject.

This article appears in the summer 2015 issue of Upstate Health magazine.