Is surgery for warthins tumor major?

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A Warthin's tumor, also referred to as papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, is a type of benign, or non-cancerous, tumor that affects the salivary glands. Treatment typically involves surgical removal of the tumor, and it is not likely that the tumor will return after removal. Whether surgery is needed or not should be evaluated by a specialist in combination with the patient's age, physical condition and patient's willingness.

I had the surgery last year. Mine was mostly healed by the time the stitches were taken out and the tube removed. There was still some swelling where the drain tube was. That part took about another week to 10 days to heal. I am very fair and scar easily and you can still see my scar.


Warthin’s tumor is the benign tumor of salivary glands. The tumor appears as a painless bump. The size of Warthin’s tumor increases with time. Common symptoms include:

  • A lump or swelling or near your  mouth
  • Numbness in your face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Persistent pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Trouble opening your mouth widely

Treatment depends on the type, size and stage, common treatments include:

  • Surgery to remove tumors, which is the most wildly applied one. Though facial nerves may be damaged, it is extremely rare for the tumor to return once it has been removed
  • Radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells