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.

What is the cause of skin tags?

Skin Tags

These are skin overgrowths appearing in projections about 1/8 inch long. They often appear in clusters. An occasional one can become very large and hard and look like a little horn. They can be irritated by clothes or being fidgeted with, as a result of which they can bleed and become inflamed.

I have only one near my inner thigh, and I play with it and roll it about. Can you remove it? 

It can easily be removed in the doctor's office by the socalled burning off method, which involves a special electric current instrument and a local anesthesia.

I have many of them all over my body. What should be done? 

Many can be removed at the same time. After the first crop has healed, another group can be worked on. After several sittings, all of them should be gone. It is best to start with those that are most irritating.

What Causes Skin Tags & Moles?

How long does it take to heal after it is removed? 

This depends on the width of the base attachment to the skin. The wider the attachment, the longer the healing time. In general, the very narrow attachments heal in a few days. The larger ones develop a scab and heal as the scab is raised away from the skin, generally taking two to three weeks to heal completely.

Is burning it off better than cutting it out or putting a tight knot at the bottom and letting it fall off?

 Each has its place. What is best for one is not necessarily best for all.

What about this wart on my finger? 

That's something different. A wart is a virus infection. It can be burned off, but it is important to destroy the root or core. Otherwise it could recur.


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