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Doctor insights on: Radical Neck Dissection Complications

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Describe a radical neck dissection?

Describe a radical neck dissection?

Remove lymph nodes: The radical neck, or more commonly modified radical neck operation is mostly done for cancers of the head and neck. It is done to remove the lymph nodes from the neck that might harbor tumor cells, or clearly are positive for cancer. ...Read more

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What are radical or modified neck dissection?

What are radical or modified neck dissection?

Consult ENT : I am not an ENT doctor, but this is in general a reference to surgery done for cancer in the neck. And has to do with the extent of surgical removal with 'radical' being a more aggressive surgery with removal of lymph nodes etc, and modified usually being confined to clear margins. Please ask an ENT surgeon for the best input. ...Read more

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What is a radical neck dissection for?

What is a radical neck dissection for?

Remove lymph nodes: This is a procedure that removes all of the lymphatic tissue in the neck. A radical neck involved removing the jugular vein, muscles, and some nerves as well. Currently surgeons performed a modified radical neck which preserves most of these structures. This procedure is performed to remove metastatic disease of the neck. ...Read more

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Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Vertebral Artery: This can be a consequence of injury to the vertebral artery. This can be from direct manipulation, positioning or spontaneous. Further diagnostic workup can include angiography. ...Read more

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Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Yes: The vast majority of carotid dissections will heal in their own. The dissection should be followed with ultrasound to monitor the vessel for development of pseudo aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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How long of surgery is pelvic lymph node dissection take?

How long of surgery is pelvic lymph node dissection take?

Maybe: About an hour. Could take longer depending on the extent or amount of lymph nodes or anatomic regions that may need to be dissected. ...Read more

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Could bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting increase surgical risk?

Could bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting increase surgical risk?

Not always : There is some evidence that in diabetic patients it can increase the risk of eternal wound infections. Not in non diabetics. This increase risk in diabetics has been debated and there is some recent data suggesting that it may not be true. ...Read more

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Any lethal complications to carotid endarterectomy ?

Any lethal complications to carotid endarterectomy ?

Plenty: Most dreaded complication is a stroke, and a minority of these can be lethal. In some patients, bleeding in the surgical bed can lead to a collection of blood/fluid that generate enough pressure to impair airway function, this is a life threatening condition. Heart attacks, pulmonary emboli and arterial dissection can also happen, but fairly rairly. ...Read more

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Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Generally not: The 2 vertebral arteries arise from the left and right subclavian arteries and supply the brainstem and cerebellum. Dissection is rare (2.5/100, 000), affect women to men 3:1 and can cause stroke in people head trauma, yoga, painting a ceiling. 50% have hbp. Treatment is supportive. Blood thinners are used if bleeding is ruled out. Surgery is not usually an option. ...Read more

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How risky is clogged neck artery surgery?

How risky is clogged neck artery surgery?

Not very.: Carotid endarterectomy, in qualified hands, should be problem free over 94% of the time. In some patients, the risk is even lower. Usually, the cea operation is recommended when the risk of not doing it is higher. Surgery is far and away the safest option; complication rates are higher with other techniques. ...Read more

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I'm scheduled for robotic total hysterectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection for uterine cancer. What;s the recovery time?

I'm scheduled for robotic total hysterectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection for uterine cancer.  What;s the recovery time?

Quick : Robotic surgery allows rapid recovery. You will need to confirm the plan with your surgeon. Most likely you will stay overnight in the hospital. People usually take 2-6 weeks before returning to work ...Read more

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One enlarged supraclavicular lymph node after radiation to chest wall and neck?

One enlarged supraclavicular lymph node after radiation to chest wall and neck?

Bothersome!: You didn't note whether it was there before the radiation. If not, a fna(fine needle aspiration) needs to be done to see what's goig on. Good luck! ...Read more

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My dad had neck dissection and lymph nodes removed what are the side effects or risks involved after this procedure?

My dad had neck dissection and lymph nodes removed what are the side effects or risks involved after this procedure?

Neck Dissection: The best person to ask is the surgeon who did the surgery. He will know exactly what was done and can tell you what to expect specifically for your dad. ...Read more

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Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please. ?

Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please. ?

Provisional: This is a preliminary report while the pathologist does more work to get the exact nature of the tumor settled down. I suspect this will turn out to be a carcinosarcoma. This is a difficult case and your physician will probably want several pathologists' signatures on the final report. ...Read more

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Is the radical lymph node dissection a risky thing to do?

Is the radical lymph node dissection a risky thing to do?

Not necessarily: Performed by a well trained surgeon, radical lymph node surgery is not a major procedure. It could be an outpatient surgery, unless a deep intra-abdominal surgery is planned. There can be nerve numbness or swelling after surgery that is usually temporary. ...Read more

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Have enlarged lymph nodes(back of neck), bilateral jugular chain adenopathy, face pain, headaches, pressure in face, can't breathe through nose.

Have enlarged lymph nodes(back of neck), bilateral jugular chain adenopathy, face pain, headaches, pressure in face, can't breathe through nose.

Sinus issues: Your symptoms sound as though you have sinus issues and most likely infection. Allergies may also be contributing to your problems. Sinus or other upper respiratory infections can certainly be a cause of lymphadenopathy in the neck. I would rec you see a medical provider as you may require antibiotics to help eliminate these symptoms. Good luck ...Read more