• Bilateral Neck Dissection

    Asked by babyaaronsmom on Friday, September 14, 2012

    Bilateral Neck Dissection

    How many people have had this surgery with Stage I Papillary Thyroid Cancer

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I only had the one side done, for a tonsil malignancy, squamous cell carcinoma. Be patient, someone will come along that has had that done. sometimes it takes a while for someone to see the questions that pertain to them.
      Welcome to the site!
      greg

      over 4 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar
      emsavard

      I had a right radical neck dissection to remove cancerous lymph nodes. I was in the hospital just a little over 24 hours, sent home to recover. There were 2 drains from the incision that home care came and drained daily. I believe there were in about 1 week. The sensation in my neck in the area is not the same as in was understandable with the cut they had to make. What questions do you have. I may be able to shed some light on the procedure for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ian's Avatar
      Ian

      I had this done for my Medullary Thyroid Cancer back in July. They were not sure if I had follicular, medullary or both types of cancer. It turned out to be Medullary in the right side of my thyroid (the left side was healthy) as well as invasion into my lymph nodes and fatty tissue. I had 6 lymph nodes removed and am undergoing radiation therapy for another two in my chest.

      My attitude was get it out of my body if it even remotely looked like it was cancerous which I still think was exactly the right decision. It was my first ever operation and I think the worst part for me was the intubation for the anaesthetic. It left my throat so sore and I had a hard time swallowing for a few days. The actual scar site and swelling of tissue really wasn't that bad. I had a single drain that was removed the day after the operation. I was eating a solid breakfast the following morning, albeit slowly and cautiously. I was out at the beach 10 days later flying my 2.5m power kite (but don't tell my doctor) just to prove to myself that I was not an invalid.

      The scar site is now almost invisible, still feels a little funny, but a lot of that is also to do with the radiation therapy which makes everything feel a little tender and the rest is probably in my mind.

      Ian

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      I have had extensive surgery on my neck. Since I had it in the mid 1970's after it had spread to many lymph nodes throughout my neck and I was not expected to live past 18 my scars are unusual. (they go from ear to ear). Do you have questions about the need for surgery?

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      I posted too soon, surgery now is easy and pretty small. Even the scars I have are hard to see.
      Please take care and feel free to contact me, Tracy

      over 4 years ago
    • Marilynt's Avatar
      Marilynt

      I underwent the complete removal of my thyroid a little over 3 years ago. I stayed in the hospital overnight, and surgery went great. I did not have any drains, only a small bandage. Two months later I underwent a strong dosage of radioactive isotopes in the hospital It was a strange experience as I was in complete isolation for three days. While in isolation, my salivary glands enlarged to the point where I could not turn my head. It was very frightening! I had to have lots of liquids and lemon drops. A year later I underwent another dosage of radioactive isotopes, however it was as an outpatient. This dosage was far less than the first one. Since these treatments, my salivary glands have decreased producing saliva. It is very difficult to eat dry foods such as nuts, pretzels and crackers. Luckily these are very manageable. I did have issues regulating my dosage of synthroid. I now alternate between 88 and 100mcgs every other day. This, or any change must be discussed with your physician.

      over 4 years ago
    • mcecike's Avatar
      mcecike

      I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer 2006
      I had all my Thyroid remove after 4 years I had a reoccurrence They took out 32 lymph nodes out of 6 was cancers. I had my 131 at home I stayed away from my Family 5 days In 2010 they did a radical neck dissection I am in remission.

      over 4 years ago
    • mcecike's Avatar
      mcecike

      I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer 2006
      I had all my Thyroid remove after 4 years I had a reoccurrence They took out 32 lymph nodes out of 6 was cancers. I had my 131 at home I stayed away from my Family 5 days In 2010 they did a radical neck dissection I am in remission.

      over 4 years ago
    • mcecike's Avatar
      mcecike

      I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer 2006
      I had all my Thyroid remove after 4 years I had a reoccurrence 2010 they did a radical neck dissection They took out 32 lymph nodes out of 6 was cancers. I had my 131 at home I stayed away from my Family 5 days In I am in remission

      about 4 years ago
    • mcecike's Avatar
      mcecike

      I forgot to tell you I am ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' volunteer. If you need anything let me know, [email redacted]

      about 4 years ago

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