Even though the procedure is effective in treating cancer, the side effects of radical neck dissection must be weighed before undergoing the procedure. If a doctor recommends this treatment, it’s important for patients to ask as many questions as possible.
These are some of the short term and permanent side effects of radical neck dissection:
- Shoulder pain and dysfunction
- Neck deformity and dysfunction
- Facial swelling
- Numbness of face, neck, and ears
Many patients require treatments, such as rehabilitation to recover from this procedure.