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What Is The Approximate Healing Time From A Radical Neck Dissection
Depends on cause: Most often radical neck dissections are done by ENT surgeons for cancer. Side effects are dependent on the location of the cancer and invasiveness. Some of the potential side effects based on the anatomy of the region include damage/injury to the large vessels-ie. Carotid artery, jugular vein. This can lead to stroke. Damage can occur to nerves that control swallowing or the ability to speak. ...Read more
Several types: There are several ways to make the incision for a radical neck dissection, depending on the surgeons preference. Check this website for some pictures. One common way is the first one depicted. http://www.acssurgery.com/acssurgery/secured/figtabpopup.action?bookid=acs;linkid=part02_ch07_fig3;type=fig. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a radical neck dissection followed by radiation 7 years ago. If i get a sore throat i get very inflamed and very tender lymph nodes. Is his norm?
Got thyroid cancer, had op/neck dissection 4mnths ago, iodine treatment 5 weeks ago. Got random lumps in neck, very stiff and tender all of a sudden.
See your doctor: These kind of developments need to be examined by your physician. Make sure you are taking your thyroid med. Get labs regularly as instructed by your physician. ...Read more
My dad had a neck dissection 1 month ago.he says every time he eats he feels a inward pulling sensation where his dissection was done.why is this?
Adherence of skin: On completion of neck dissection, depending on incisions employed , the major vessels are dissected and sternomastoid removed. In order to have viable flaps, blood supply must enter skin from dissection site. Suction caths are used to allow adherence of flaps to underlying dissection site. Until complete healing, skin is densely attached and swallowing can pull skin toward esophagus. ...Read more
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
How long should a pt wait after having a neck dissection to have a pet scan to avoid any undeterminedresults?
Several months: While the use of neck dissection pertains to metastatic disease usually squamous Ca, several weeks are needed for completion of healing and assuring flaps are viable. When path returns one may need post op RT or chemo. As such only after the final definitive approach is used to assure that the optimum response has been obtained does one then use scans to R.O,distant mets. ...Read more
Dad has appt w oncologist for bx results after neck dissection on 12/8/14.what type of questions should i ask ask dr?
After a neck dissection how many weeks is suitable to be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy?
Several wks: With a complete radical neck dissection the jugular vein may be taken and compete dissection of the carotid artery performed. Often the sternomastoid muscle is resected so that blood supply to the skin flaps can be compromised and one has to be sure that the skin flaps are completely viable. This can take from 6-8 wks before chemotherapy and RT employed. ...Read more
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
Dad just had a right neck dissection yesterday. mass removed as well as lymph nodes.what questions are good to ask dr as far as care?
Dad had a neck dissection and got bx results today.it shows T1N2M0 in your opinion are these results good prognosis? Will be receiving radiation/chemo
Fairly good: Important to know origin of the T1 lesion. If this is a squamous Ca in floor mouth with small lesion that has spread to cervical nodes, neck dissection with chemo RT highly curable. Lesion could also be salivary adenoCa, which also responds well to chemoRT. With taxol, (paclitaxel) platinum, Erbitux and high dose MTX available this treatment should approximate a cure. ...Read more
Can neck dissection, rad, and chemo cause after effects like swelling, numbness, and trouble swallowing.
My dad had a neck dissection his radiology oncologist will be giving my dad radiation using imrt.in your opinion which is better proton or imrt?
IMRT: Proton therapy has a fancy name and hype about its value, but it offers no substantial advantage over IMRT for neck radiation treatments. ...Read more
Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?
Residual thyroid: The surgeon cannot remove every last remnant of thyroid. This is why RAI is often given after thyroidectomy, to mop up any residual thyroid tissue-normal or cancerous. The US may just be detecting residual thyroid that the surgeon did not get. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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