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Functional Neck Dissection, Right side

Beach Runner
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Joined: Aug 2009

I just had a Tonsillectomy and a Right Partial Pharyngectomy due to a localized Squamous Cell on right tonsil only. Both MRI and full body PET Scans show no other location. It was termed a very early pick up. No real tumor, just cells causing a thicking of the mucosa.

I can not have any more radiation because I recieved max dose in 1996 in neck due to Squamous cell on the back of my tongue.

Due to that fact, my doctor is strongly suggesting a Functional Neck Dissection on the right side. I have read in some post there is not much to it and that a tonsillectomy is worst that the Functional Neck Dissection Surg.

I am not worried about the surg much, just I have a wonderment about the recovery time. I am a General Manager of a company and work in an office and mostly communicate with people. Just wondering if anyone could share with me what to expect.

I missed work for a little over a week with the oral surg and only had to use tynoal to control the pain, not all that much to the tonsillectomy and Pharyngectomy either.

Any information would be helpful.

soccerfreaks's picture
Posts: 2801
Joined: Sep 2006

Welcome to the site!

You are not being ignored. In my case, I had a radical neck dissection, so cannot speak to your particular issues or questions. Wish I could help.

In any event, best wishes with the surgery.

Take care,


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