Can you tell me about a neck dissection?

Surgery. A neck dissection is surgery to remove lymph nodes in the neck. It is done when cancer has spread to the neck lymph nodes or when the chance is high that cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. The neck dissection can be selective or radical, depending on the cancer.

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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.

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.

What is a radical neck dissection for?

Head and neck ca. A radical neck dissection is the removal of all the lymph nodes on one aide of the neck. It is used in the treatment of head and neck cancers.
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.
Cancer. This operation is used to remove lymph nodes that harbor or ate expected to harbor metastatic tumor. It is commonly done for squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and thyroid cancer.

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.

What are side effects of a radical neck dissection?

Facial Paralysis and. Facial paralysis and loss of taste sensation and numbness of the face.
List. A radical neck dissection will leave a scar and may be associated with a physical indentation in the neck if muscle is removed. There may be nerve damage leading to neck numbness and paralysis of the trapezius muscle, diaphragm, or arm musculature. There may be facial swelling, bleeding, infection, lymphatic leakage and more.
Several. Some of the risks are pain, bleeding, infection, cosmetic deformity, shoulder weakness (very likely), injury to the motor nerve to your lip, earlobe numbness, lymphatic leakage, and stroke. It is extremely unusual to have complete facial paralysis, arm or diaphragm weakness unless done by someone with little experience.

What is the approximate healing time from a radical neck dissection?

It depends. In general, any surgical wound is completely healed by six weeks but this can vary depending upon the age and condition of the patient.
Depends. Healing times are different for each individual, but plan on 6-8 weeks for recovery.

I was wondering what are the side effects of 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.

Thyroidectomy and modified radical neck dissection. Going to be having that soon. Any advice?

Talk to surgeon. My advice is that if you have any questions or concerns, you should raise those with your surgeon before surgery. Sounds like you will be on hormone replacement after surgery. May need some nuclear medicine treatment also.

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.