Publication date: Available online 21 August 2017
Source:Annales de Chirurgie Plastique Esthétique
Author(s): D. Guillier, V. Moris, A.A. Al Hindi, K. Rem, H. Chatel, L.-A. See, M. Revol, S. Mazouz Dorval
BackgroundSurgical approaches in neck dissection: comparing functional, oncologic and aesthetic aspects of transverse cervicotomy to Paul André’s approach.MethodsThis single-center retrospective study compares a new transverse incision for cervicotomy to the classical approach described by Paul André in neck dissections. The evaluation criteria were: number of lymph nodes analyzed, operative time, complications, patient satisfaction and aesthetic aspects of the scar.ResultsA total of 34 patients were included in this study, from September 2009 until January 2015. The number of lymph nodes analyzed is not affected by this new approach compared to the classical one (P=0.9). The scar has a significantly more discreet appearance in the transverse cervicotomy group (P=0.023) likewise; patient satisfaction is higher in this group (P=0.006).ConclusionsAesthetic and functional impairment can be reduced using this new transverse cervical approach hidden in the natural creases of the neck described by Langer.