WHAT TO EXPECT
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
How to minimize swelling and inflammation
Neck discomfort should be expected within the first 48-72 hours after the procedure. Greater discomfort is anticipated for larger nodules.
To minimize swelling and inflammation:
Place ice compresses on your neck as much as possible within the first 24 hours following the procedure.
Continue taking Motrin/Advil/Aleve/Extra Strength Tylenol with meals for the first 48 hours.
If your surgeon prescribed you with a steroid taper, take the first dose as soon as possible after the procedure. Eat food before each dose to prevent stomach irritation. You will take 20 mg on day 1, 10 mg on day 2, and 5 mg on day 3. The steroid taper will not impact other parts of your body.
Typically on the neck or chest
Bruising may occur a day after the procedure, particularly in people who bruise easily or those with large nodules or nodules with many blood vessels. Bruising may be found on the neck or chest and will usually return to normal itself.
NOTIFY OUR TEAM OF THE FOLLOWING
Fever, difficulty breathing/drinking/eating, discharge
Fever over 101.5°F/38.5°C
Significant difficulty breathing, drinking or eating
Discharge (fluid) from the puncture area(s)
FOLLOW-UP AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Nodule shrinkage and compressive symptom relief
After the inflammation and swelling from the procedure subsides, your nodule will begin to slowly shrink. The time it takes for you to detect a change in compressive symptoms may vary from a week post-procedure to longer.