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Posterior Neck Dissection

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Posterior Neck Dissection

What is Posterior Neck Dissection?

 

During posterior neck dissection, level V metastatic lymph nodes in the neck are removed. The procedure preserves the sternocleidomastoid muscle, internal jugular vein and spinal accessory nerve.

Also Known As:

  • Neck surgery
  • Neck dissection

Conditions Treated with Posterior Neck Dissection:

Posterior neck dissection is utilized to treat level V metastatic neck cancer in the lymph nodes. 

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Posterior Neck Dissection:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to posterior neck dissection. Surgical alternatives include modified, functional and radical neck dissection.

Anesthesia with Posterior Neck Dissection:

Posterior neck dissection is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Posterior Neck Dissection:

Possible risks following posterior neck dissection include bleeding, dry mouth and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. The patient can also experience damage to a nerve, arteries and veins. There is a higher risk of infection after removal of lymph nodes.

Recovery from Posterior Neck Dissection:

Recovery time following posterior neck dissection is seven to 10 days.

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