During radical neck dissection, some tissue and all lymph nodes in the neck are removed, including the regional accessory nerve, sternocleidomastoid muscle and the internal jugular vein.
Also Known As:
- Neck surgery
- Cancer surgery
- Removal of lymph nodes in the neck
Conditions Treated with Radical Neck Dissection:
Radial neck dissection is performed to remove metastatic cancer in the lymph nodes.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to radical neck dissection. Modified radical neck dissection may be performed as a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Radical Neck Dissection:
Radical neck dissection is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Radical Neck Dissection:
Possible risks following radical neck dissection include bleeding, dry mouth and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is possible for there to be damage to the nerves, arteries and veins near the surgical site. There is also a higher risk of infection without lymph nodes.
Recovery from Radical Neck Dissection:
It can take one to two weeks to recover from radical neck dissection, but there may be some numbness experienced for several months.