Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
The lymphatic system, comprised of lymph nodes and lymph vessels, is a major component of the body’s immune system. Lymph nodes are small glands present throughout the body that contain immune cells to help fight infection. The lymph nodes enlarge in the presence of infection, inflammation, or cancer. Surgery to remove enlarged lymph nodes is called lymph node dissection. Cervical lymph node dissection is performed to remove cancerous lymph nodes in the neck (cervical region).