What is the feasibility of utilizing the daVinci Surgical System in the management of large stones of the submandibular gland?
Explore this issue:March 2011
Background: At one time, complete removal of the submandibular gland was standard for large salivary stones. Recent studies have shown that a combined approach involving transoral or external removal guided by salivary endoscope can permit stone removal with gland preservation. Sialendoscopy can be challenging due to the small working space and unfavorable physical features such as obesity, small mouth opening and prominent teeth.
Study Design: Case study.