The various levels (I-V) of lymph nodes that may be removed in a neck dissection

Neck dissection

A neck dissection is an operation that removes the lymph nodes in one or both sides of the neck. The nodes are removed because they may be involved with cancer. Charles Davis has many years experience with neck dissection operations. Conditions that may need a neck dissection include a cancer inside the mouth or on the skin including melanoma.

During a neck dissection other structures may also need to be removed if they are involved with the cancer including a muscle (sternomastoid) and a nerve (accessory nerve) that help with neck and shoulder movement. Sometimes a flap of skin and other tissue will be placed to cover the critical blood vessels supplying the brain.