Radical neck dissection or modified neck dissection refers to the surgery performed for removal of lymph nodes in the neck which may be affected by cancer coming from the oral cavity, oropharynx, nasopharynx, laryngopharynx and thyroid.
Neck Dissection Surgery in Pune or modified neck dissection is performed as a part of surgical treatment for different cancers in the head and neck region. In some cases, the lymph nodes may be enlarged and palpable, while in other cases the lymph node enlargement may not be obvious, but the involvement of lymph nodes by the malignancy are evident only after a radical neck dissection or modified neck dissection is done.
Neck Dissection Surgery in Pune or modified neck dissection is performed by taking a couple of incisions over the side of the neck which is affected by cancer. If the tumor is in the midline or involving both sides, then bilateral modified neck dissection is performed.
The levels and number of lymph nodes removed in both radical neck dissection and modified neck dissection will be the same, but the difference is that certain structures which have cosmetic and functional importance are preserved in Neck Dissection Surgery in Pune. The structures preserved in modified neck dissection and sacrificed in radical neck dissection are the Sternocleidomastoid muscle, the Accessory nerve and the Internal Jugular Vein.
It is important to understand that if the above structures are involved or infiltrated by lymph nodes harboring cancer, then these structures cannot be preserved and a radical neck dissection will have to be performed.
After Neck Dissection Surgery in Pune or modified neck dissection, there is a certain degree of limitation of movements of the shoulder and the neck, which can be improved by doing regular physiotherapy exercises in that area.
Dr. Amit Parasnis is a well-trained and experienced cancer surgeon for Neck Dissection Surgery in Pune who provides rational and ethical treatment for cancer and strives to achieve best oncological outcomes.