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

Thomas M. Andrews


Dr. Andrews specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders of children and adolescents. His accreditations include Florida State Medical License and Ohio State Medical License. He is also a board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery