Surgery of the neck includes the thyroid, parathyroid, parotid and submaxillary glands, thoracic ducts, trachea, and branchial remnants. The surgical anatomy and subdivisions of the cervical triangles (anterior and posterior) are presented in detail. The complicated fascial planes and spaces of the neck are described. Knowledge of the overall anatomy and drainage of the lymphatics of the head and neck, crucial for surgery, is presented in detail.
Diagnosis of neck masses follows a well-marked pathway. Step-by-step technique is presented for parotidectomy, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy (and their respective reoperation), tracheostomy, and gland resection and cystectomy. Radical neck dissection as a curative procedure follows surgicoanatomical guidelines.