• What is a radical bilateral neck resection like?

    Asked by Norselady on Sunday, May 19, 2013

    What is a radical bilateral neck resection like?

    I was diagnosed with Stage l thyroid cancer which I am now told by a second doctor has spread to my lymph nodes on both sides of my neck. Has anyone else out there gone through this?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had single radical neck dissection after having malignant tonsil and lymph involvement. It was a tough surgery. They will typically want to put in a feeding tube at the surgery since most will have radiation on the neck and your swallowing is very difficult after the surgery, then the radiation makes it worse. I fought the feeding tube, I didn't want one, and they didn't put one it. I was able to swallow, eat and drink although it was difficult. I had to sleep in a chair for a few weeks as when I would lay down I got drainage in my throat and it would choke me. No big deal, just had to go to the restroom once an hour and rinse/spit.

      It's a hard one, but lots here have had it. Let me know if I can answer anything for you even though I only had a single.

      over 3 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      I had a radial right neck resection to remove lymph nodes. This surgery was done 2 years after my thyroidectomy. I was in the hospital less than 24 hours after surgery. My incision starts just below my right ear and ends where my original TT incision ends. I went home to recover with 2 drains. I did not have any other tubes as GregP did. I recovered well, was outside going for walks 2 days after but did no lifting for 6 weeks. Unfortunately, I did have one problem after. During the surgery my collar bone was dislocated. I did have discomfort for some time not knowing what was wrong, before I finally was adjusted by a chiropractor.
      If you have any questions please feel free to message me.

      over 3 years ago

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