Neck mass surgery is a specialized procedure typically used to remove tumors or other growths located in the neck area. Depending on the severity of the neck mass, surgical intervention may be recommended as a viable option for treatment. Neck mass surgery is performed for both benign and malignant tumors, parotid tumors, and thyroid goiters or nodules.
Benign Neck Masses
Many neck masses are benign neck tumors and can often cause no symptoms at all. However, in some cases they may become bothersome due to their size or position in the neck. Benign neck tumors come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from small, benign growths on the neck to larger masses that may affect swallowing, breathing or speaking. The most common types of benign neck tumors include lipomas (benign fatty tumors), hemangiomas (benign collections of blood vessels), lymphangiomas and simple cysts (abnormal collections of fluid-filled sacs), reactive lymph nodes, and fibromas (benign muscle and connective tissue tumors). It’s important to have any suspicious neck mass evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible so be sure to schedule an appointment with NJ ENT as soon as possible.
Malignant Neck Tumors
Malignant neck tumors are a form of neck mass, typically caused by cancerous cells. These masses can be dangerous if left untreated and can cause severe complications over time. Along with the neck mass, symptoms may include pain or difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness of voice and neck swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Treatment for malignant neck tumors will depend on the stage and type of tumor present but may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. Early detection is key to ensuring successful treatment outcomes so make sure you contact your doctor if you think you may have a neck mass.
Neck Mass Surgery
Neck mass surgery is an effective treatment option for neck masses, and can provide peace of mind as the neck mass is safely removed from the neck area. If neck mass surgery is recommended as a viable treatment for your condition, make sure to discuss your concerns with your doctor beforehand. With proper care and diligence, neck mass surgery can result in a safe, successful outcome.
A physical examination will be performed at NJ ENT and is often followed by an in-office endoscopic evaluation through the nose called a nasopharyngolaryngoscopy. An ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI are often ordered as well. Finally, a biopsy (or fine needle aspiration) is usually done prior to surgery.
The neck mass surgery will be performed by making small incisions near the neck mass to remove it from the neck tissue. Our surgeon will then use sutures, staples, or bandages to close the wound and reduce scarring. Recovery time depends largely on how large and complex the neck mass was, and will involve gentle neck exercises and neck stretches to help promote healing. It is important that you follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions closely in order to ensure a successful recovery.
How We Can Help
The New Jersey Ear, Nose, and Throat Center team has performed thousands of procedures and surgeries. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. Our doctors at NJ ENT are expertly trained in all areas of ENT care.