Asked by Hollie
Branchial Cleft Cyst Surgery/recovery Info...
I saw an ENT today about a branchial cleft cyst. He says I will need surgery. Because of numerous health problems I have missed a lot of work and asked if the surgery was urgent. He said I will need it anytime from now to about 3-4 months the latest. What kind of recovery is this? The cyst is about 2.4 cm x 2.0 cm. Also...what are the risks of nerve damage in this surgery?
This is a complex question requiring a doctor's expertise to answer.
If I were you I would call your doctor or the hospital where this procedure would be done and get your questions answered.
In the meantime here is some information about branchial cleft cyst surgery and what to expect.
You may want to read this news article about a new type of procedure for operating which may have less risk for nerve damage.
On this question and answer site it seems that the recovery time can be quite a few days.
You will need to contact your doctor to get more precise answers about your surgery.
Thank you for your question.