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Neck Dissection for Cancer

Neck dissection is recommended in the management of head and neck cancers. This procedure removes the lymph nodes and surrounding tissues

Neck Dissection for Cancer


Neck dissection is recommended in the management of head and neck cancers. This procedure removes the lymph nodes and surrounding tissues. The amount of tissue removed depends on the stage of the disease.

The doctor recommends neck dissection in order to prevent the disease from spreading to distant organs.

Following are the different types of neck dissection opted by surgeons for lymph node removal:

  1. Radical Neck Dissection: Radical neck dissection removes all tissue on the side of the neck between the collarbone and the jawbone. During this procedure, the muscle, nerve, salivary gland, and main blood vessels are also removed.


  1. Modified Radical Neck Dissection: During this procedure, all lymph nodes in the neck region are removed. This procedure spares the nerves, some blood vessels, and muscles in the neck region.


  1. Selective Neck Dissection: Selective neck dissection removes only a few lymph nodes, unlike other types of neck dissection. This procedure also spares the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles in the neck region.

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How Does Neck Dissection for Cancer Work?

The neck dissection procedure begins with an incision. The neck region comprises numerous important anatomical structures, including blood vessels and nerves, which are carefully identified and conserved during the procedure. Neck dissection may be performed at the same time as the tumor excision or as a separate procedure.

The dissection continues to locate and remove the tissue containing the lymph nodes, which are located beneath the skin, behind the fat, and beneath a thin layer of muscle (the platysma). The neck may flatten slightly if the sternocleidomastoid muscle is severed as part of the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, mastectomy is a safe procedure that supports the effective management of breast cancer. However, like every other surgical procedure, mastectomy also carries certain risks, and they will be clearly explained by your breast cancer surgeon before the procedure. 

Usually, it takes 2-3 weeks for people to recover from neck dissection. 


Neck dissection is performed to remove the cancerous lymph nodes in the neck region. This procedure helps in reducing the risk of cancers metastasizing to distant organs.

Before neck dissection, a general anesthetic is used. Therefore, patients will not experience any pain during the procedure. You may experience some pain after surgery, and this can be managed effectively using pain medication.

Possible side effects of neck dissection are infection, bleeding, problems with wound healing, numbness and pain at the surgery site, fluid build-up at the surgery site, swelling (lymphedema), and scars.

Neck dissection is recommended in cases of cancer diagnosis in the head and neck region. It may also be recommended if lymph node metastasis is suspected.

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