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Radical Neck Dissection

Side Effects of Radical Neck Dissection

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
  • Neuroma
  • Facial swelling
  • Numbness of face, neck, and ears

Many patients require treatments, such as rehabilitation to recover from this procedure.

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