Neck Surgery

(including Thyrogossal Duct Cyst, Branchial Cleft Cyst, Cervical Node)

Normal Post-Operative Complaints

  • Minimal discomfort at surgical site
  • May have some pain with swallowing. This should resolve within a few days
  • May have slight drainage from the surgical site

Call the Office if You Notice Any of the Following

  • Excessive swelling, pain or drainage from surgical site
  • Increased redness from surgical site
  • Pain not relieved with Tylenol or Motrin
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent Nausea/Vomiting

Home Care Instructions

  • May return to school 48 hours after surgery
  • No heavy lifting,organized sports or P.E. for 3-4 weeks after surgery
  • Keep incision clean and dry for one week. May remove outer dressing at this time
  • After one week you child may shower and gently clean incision site with warm, soapy steri strips will loosen, ends will curl and fall off
  • If surgical glue used , may shower over incision at any time
  • Apply sunscreen to healed surgical site to minimize scarring