Surgery - dbaker331

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer. Posted on August 23, 2012 View this journey (4 Experiences)

Surgery and Radiation in the Head and Neck was very difficult, first was radiation for 6 weeks, whereby I was hospitalized 2.5 weeks in, due to loss of weight and nutrition. No ability to swallow without severe discomfort. Ended up on a feeding tube for 4-5 months and had to reintroduce food and liquids over time. Removed lymph nodes in right neck (neck disection). relatively uneventful, but severely limited mobility of arm/shoulder and neck movement for some time. doing this procedure at 31 years old allowed me to recover in a year and adjust to life with limited saliva glands, which limited types of food, quantity of food and need to use liquids to help promote the swallow, break down of foods.

Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
Minimal Recovery: Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree

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