Anterior neck dissection involves removing metastatic lymph nodes (levels II, III and IV) while preserving the spinal accessory nerve, internal jugular vein and sternocleidomastoid muscle.
Also Known As:
- Neck dissection
- Neck surgery
Conditions Treated with Anterior Neck Dissection:
Anterior neck dissection is utilized for cases of metastatic neck cancer to the lymph nodes in levels II, III and IV.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to anterior neck dissection. Radical neck dissection and modified radical neck dissection are surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Anterior Neck Dissection:
Anterior neck dissection is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Anterior Neck Dissection:
Possible risks following anterior neck dissection include bleeding, dry mouth and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience damage to arteries, nerves and veins. Additionally, there is a greater risk of future infection without the lymph nodes.
Recovery from Anterior Neck Dissection:
Recovery time after anterior neck dissection is two to three days.