An important part of the lymphatic and immune system are the lymph node clusters located in several areas of the body. These lymph node clusters filter foreign materials, like bacteria, and form the body's white blood cells. Many of the lymph node clumps are found throughout the head and neck in the tonsils, thymus, neck, jaw, and more. Head and neck cancers including mouth, tongue, larynx, and the thyroid gland may spread to the lymph nodes. Once the lymph nodes are affected with cancer, the lymph fluid that flows throughout the body can spread the infection. This is why it is important for patients with head and neck cancer to consider neck lymph node dissection with advanced technology at Arizona Premier Surgery. Depending on the number of lymph nodes and their spread throughout the neck, the patient may need a selective, modified radical, or radical neck dissection to remove all areas affected by the cancer.
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"I ended up with a perforated appendix shortly after New Year's 2019 and in the hospital. Dr. Pepple was assigned to me. He did a wonderful job of explaining the preferred plan of dealing with the situation, reducing the risk of additional complications and getting me on the road to recovery. He was realistic in outlining the timeframes involved in the preferred treatment approach, and flexible in moving up the my surgery once the initial infection was under control."- T.W. / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2019
"Dr. Pepple was assigned to me after I was admitted to the hospital with a perforated appendix. He did a wonderful job of explaining the situation and the preferred treatment approach to reduce the impact of further complications. I highly recommend Dr. Pepple and APS."- T.W. / Google / Mar 12, 2019
"Dr.Pepple was by far and away the most professional doctor I have ever experienced! He consulted with me in the removal of a significantly large growth on the back of my upper leg and although wanted to perform in OR agreed that he could perform in office. He explained the difference between OR and in office and was concerned that I might incur more discomfort in office... we decided to go forward down that path and my experience was outstanding!"- J.J. / Healthgrades / Feb 22, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Amini for just over a year now. I was unfortunate enough to have a very severe case of pancreatitis and diabetic ketoacidosis. The damage inside my body from constant buildup of fluids in pseudocyst all threw out my abdomen presented a very difficult case for my doctors. I was treated at two other hospitals without success while I was slipping deeper and deeper into the effects of my disease. Dr. Amini heard about me through one of his partners and sought me out at another hospital. When he found me he offered to transfer me to honorhealth Shea where he has surgical privileges and he headed up a team of surgeons that saved my life. I've seen all of the physicians at his practice and they have all been wonderful and thoughtful. Dr. Pepple even had a way of cheering me up when I was at my lowest. His bedside manner and personality we're perfectly suited for someone as sick as I was. It's important to have doctors who are human first and can explain everything in a way that is realistic yet comforting.Dr. Amini has performed a few surgeries on me already and we're planning for another rather involved one coming up soon. I could not feel more comfortable under the care of anyone else. I highly recommend this team in this office if you have a serious problem and need true help.There will always be people in my life that I remember and cherish. The members on his team and the staff in his office rank among the highest.I would absolutely recommend this office and this staff with the highest confidence.Michael Malfitano"- M.M. / Google / Feb 09, 2019
Common Reasons for Surgery
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes is the most common reason neck lymph node dissection surgery is performed. Cancer in the lymph nodes makes it easier to spread the cancer to other parts of the body (a process known as lymph node metastasis). After the abnormal lymph nodes are removed, they can be biopsied to determine if the patient has cancer and which stage they are in.
About Lymph Node Dissection
Surgical neck lymph node dissection is performed with the patient under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility or hospital. After the necessary incisions are made in the neck, the surgeon will perform one of the three types of neck dissection based on the location and spread of the cancer:
- Selective Neck Dissection: If the cancer hasn't spread, selective neck dissection can remove fewer lymph nodes, which minimizes the risk of damage to the neck muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.
- Modified Radical Neck Dissection: In this common neck dissection technique, all of the lymph nodes are removed along with some neck tissue. A modified radical neck dissection can usually avoid damage to the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels of the neck.
- Radical Neck Dissection: When the cancer has spread throughout the head and neck, a radical neck dissection is performed to remove all the lymph nodes, as well as a large amount of tissue from the neck. The muscles, nerves, salivary glands, and blood vessels may also be removed from the areas surrounding the lymph nodes.
What to Expect
Neck lymph node dissection surgery is usually a 1 hour out-patient procedure, so the patient will be able to go home the same day as their surgery. Most patients will need about 1 week recovery time before they can return to work and normal activities. A follow up appointment with the doctor should be scheduled for 2 weeks after the surgery to check the patient's health and the progress of their recovery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Stop the Spread
To prevent head and neck cancer from spreading to other areas body through infected lymph nodes and fluid, surgical neck lymph node dissection at Arizona Premier Surgery can be a good option. By removing and examining the lymph nodes, the extent of the cancer can be determined for a more personalized cancer treatment plan.