Instructions Following Neck Surgery (parotidectomy, salivary gland excision, neck mass biopsy)
Recovery from neck surgery is usually rapid. The main concern is sudden bleeding from a previously controlled blood vessel.
Important things to do to at home:
- Keep pressure and cold against the dressing on the first day and night following surgery. Leave the dressing intact.
- Take your pain medication; it will help keep blood pressure down
What to expect:
- Some bloody drainage into the dressing, especially if there is a drain in place (If this is checked____ there is a drain)
- If you have a drain, we will remove it tomorrow morning at ____am in the office
- (We You) will remove the dressing tomorrow, and let you know if more will be needed
- Swelling in the area of surgery. This may take a few weeks to resolve completely
- Numbness near the incision
- Slight weakness on the side of the face of surgery. This should resolve with time, but may take a few weeks.
- Skin sutures, if any, will be removed the Wednesday following surgery. We will review the report from the pathologist at that time.
Diet and activities:
- Avoid intense exercise, sex or heavy lifting for 3-5 DAYS
- Walking, being outside or driving are OK
When to call us:
- Any sudden increase in pain, swelling or bleeding
- If you need anything for pain or nausea
- If you develop a fever or redness around the incision.