Head and neck surgeon Dr. Ryan Osborne performs a sialendoscopy, a procedure that removes the stones without incisions.
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Removing Salivary Stones Dr. Travis Stork: Heather’s salivary stones were causing major problems but head neck surgeon Doctor Osborne had a cutting edge solution. Dr. Osborne: So, the first part of the procedure is prepping the oral cavity. Because of the large stone that we saw in the CT scan, no saliva has been flowing from this opening in a long time. This is not going to be an easy one. Once this gets dilated up to a certain point, it is really easy to see with the naked eye. That white area, we’re getting there. That stone is about the size of a tooth. That’s not coming out of this little hole. We’re going to make a small incision in the opening of her duct, and there was the stone. We are going to extract it on her root cavity and there she is. This is something like that for the obstructed duct. In 24 hours, her mouth is going to have the healed over, and she’s going to resume a normal diet. Recovery is going to be fantastic. We just couldn’t be happier with the results.