Head and Neck Surgery Postoperative Care Instructions

Mount Sinai’s Head and Neck Oncology physicians in New York have compiled the following postoperative instructions for your continued care after an outpatient procedure or discharge from the hospital. Please read through the below material carefully and contact your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.

Laryngectomy Postoperative Instructions

Laryngectomy is the removal of the voice box. In most cases, this procedure is performed to remove cancer. Depending on the extent of the cancer, other areas may need to be removed at the same time. After all of the cancer is removed, the throat is reconstructed which may require using tissues from another part of the body. It is critical for patients to comply with postsurgical care instructions. For details, visit:

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Postoperative Instructions

The thyroid gland produces a hormone that is important for metabolism and growth. Thyroid surgery is performed to treat thyroid cancer, noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). It might also be recommended for suspicious thyroid nodules that cannot be determined as cancerous or noncancerous after a needle biopsy. Similarly, parathyroid surgery is the removal of abnormal parathyroid glands which raise calcium levels, causing hormonal imblaances. For more information, visit:

Parotid Surgery Postoperative Instructions

The parotid gland produces saliva to help with the digestion of food. Parotid gland surgery is performed to remove both benign and malignant tumors. For more information, see:

TransOral Robotic Surgery Postoperative Instructions

Undergoing transoral robotic surgery (TORS) involves the removal of a tumor from the back of the tongue or throat and removal of the lymph nodes in the neck. The surgical robot is a tool that allows your surgeon to see and remove tumors through the mouth with optimal accuracy. This surgical approach decreases hospital stay and discomfort, while improving recovery time and the ability to swallow after surgery. For postoperative care information, visit: