Head and neck surgery process
There are many different types of head and neck surgeries. Surgery can include minimally invasive procedures that speed recovery time. Doctors and their patients will go over the procedure together in detail. Tell your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about the surgery.
Head and neck surgery recovery
Recovery depends on the surgery. Neck dissections to remove tumors may require two to three days in the hospital if there are no complications. Other surgeries can require up to one week in the hospital.
Most patients will need assistance after their discharge from the hospital. Patients will feel very tired for about a week after their surgery. At home care services can be made available to patients who need it.
Head and neck surgery may not be the last procedure for many patients. Some may need reconstructive surgery to regain a natural look to the face and neck. Patients with head or neck cancer also may need radiation or chemotherapy. Others may need rehabilitation services such as speech therapy.
Speak with your doctor about what to expect after surgery. Your doctor will be able to provide you with information for the best recovery process for you.