Selective Neck Dissection for Oral Cancer

Classification and Guidelines

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This segment provides an overview of the treatment and clinical guidelines.


  • Head and neck cancer
  • Supraomohyoid neck dissection
  • Nodal metastasis
  • Oral squamous cell cancer
  • Cervical lymph nodes
  • NCCI guidelines

About this video

Krishnakumar Thankappan
First online
02 March 2019
Online ISBN
Springer, Cham
Copyright information
© The Author(s) 2019

Video Transcript


This video demonstrates a selective neck dissection, levels I to III, in a patient with oral cancer. I’m Dr. Krishnahumar Thankappan, a professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at Amerita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. The NCCN guidelines suggest doing an elective selective neck dissection, levels I to III, in early stage oral cavity cancer.

The patient in this video had a T2 squamous cell carcinoma of the lower alveolus. The video is divided into two segments. First, the dissection of levels Ia and Ib and, second, the dissection of levels II and III. Let’s begin with the first section.