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Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection

What is Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection?

During complete sternocleidomastoid resection, the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck is cut.

Also Known As:

  • Complete resection for torticollis
  • Head surgery
  • Neck surgery
  • Head and neck surgery

Conditions Treated with Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection:

Complete sternocleidomastoid resection is performed in children with severe congenital muscular torticollis that does not respond to stretching exercises.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection:

Stretching of the sternocleidomastoid muscle is a non-surgical alternative to complete sternocleidomastoid resection and may be attempted first. Bipolar sternocleidomastoid release and middle-third sternocleidomastoid resection are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection:

Complete sternocleidomastoid resection is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection:

Possible risks following complete sternocleidomastoid resection include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, abnormal muscle contour, blood vessel damage, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after Complete Sternocleidomastoid Resection:

The prognosis for a positive end result following complete sternocleidomastoid resection is good.

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