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Radical Neck Dissection

Radical Neck Dissection | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The person will be in the hospital from 4 to 14 days. Activity at home will be based on how the person is recovering. Usually a small amount of activity is recommended on the first day or two after getting home. The person can increase the activity level if he or she feels ready. Sutures, staples, or clips are usually taken out 7 to 10 days after surgery. A person is advised not to drive or participate in strenuous activity for several weeks.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

After a radical neck dissection a person may have bleeding at the surgery site, infection, pain, and scarring. There is also a chance for injury to the veins and nerves in the neck. This can cause bleeding or numbness. This procedure may also cause a deformity of the neck and face.

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Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/03/01

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