What is a radical neck dissection? when is it done?

What is a radical neck dissection? The surgeon removes a block of tissue from the collarbone to the jaw and from the front to the back of the neck. The large muscle on the side of the neck that is used for rotating, flexing or extending the neck is also taken out, along with the major vein on the side of the neck. Sometimes, a less drastic operation, called a supraomohyoid neck dissection is done. This takes out only the lymph nodes, the tissue surrounding the nodes and a muscle at the front of the neck. Another technique, called a functional neck dissection, saves the muscles of the neck, taking out only the lymph nodes and tissues surrounding them.
What kind of incision is made with a radical neck dissection? The incision depends upon what the surgery is for. It can run from below the ear to the collarbone. Everything in the front of the neck on one side or on both sides may be removed. This may include the lymph nodes, blood vessels, nerves, and the salivary gland under the jawbone.

Should I give up eating pastries so my diabetic roommate won't feel tempted?

Admittedly, it's a little hard to sit there and wolf down a huge slab of banana cream pie, if your roommate is watching you like a spaniel. You both feel sorry for her, you feel guilty, and these are very digestion upsetting emotions. Still, you definitely shouldn't give up your pastries for your roommate's sake. She's going to have to get used to being tempted and resisting temptation. It's similar to an alcoholic's situation. He or she has to be able to go to a place where others are drinking and yet not drink.

There remains, however, a question you didn't ask. And that is, should you give up pastries for your own sake? Pastries are hardly the nutritional dream dish for anybody, diabetic or not. And how is your weight?


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