What is a neck lump?

The neck contains many vital structures, such as blood vessels, nerves, glands, and lymph nodes. These structures can sometimes become swollen and present with a lump.


Neck lumps can cause concern because of the proximity of vital structures. Contact Dr. Shalina Ray | Best neck lumps surgery in Whitefield.


  • A lump in the neck may be due to many causes
  • Not all neck lumps need to be removed surgically
  • However, if you have a neck lump, a complete ear, nose and throat, head, and neck assessment by a surgeon is essential.


Depending on the location, nature, and size of the neck lump, it may be associated with some of the following symptoms:

  1. Cosmesis
  2. Pain
  3. Breathing Difficulty
  4. Swallowing Difficulty
  5. Voice Change
  6. Blood Stained Nasal Discharge or Phlegm


Surgery for a Neck Lump

This type of surgery may take on many forms. It may be the removal of a single lump or all of the lymph nodes from one side of the neck (called a neck dissection). It may be done for cancers in the region, or it may be done for benign lumps.

Neck surgery is done under general anesthesia. Depending on the aims of the operation and the extent of surgery required, it might take 30 minutes up to 3 hours. These operations require an incision on the neck, so there will be a scar on the neck (see here for advice about scar management). It is essential to be aware that several vital nerves in the neck may be at risk during this surgery. Hence these are best performed by an experienced head and neck surgeon. The nerves that go to the shoulder, the tongue, and the corner of the mouth are all close by where these operations occur. In addition, the main blood vessels to and from the brain pass through the neck and may be close to the site of your surgery.

Neck surgery usually requires anywhere from 4 to-5 nights in the hospital. You will have a drain in the neck that collects any excess fluid. Once this drain dries up, it is removed, and you are safe for discharge from the hospital.


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