Surgery is one of the main treatments for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. You might also have surgery to relieve symptoms, such as difficulty eating.
The type and amount of surgery you have depends on the stage of your cancer. Find out when and how you have surgery.
There are different types of surgery for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. The type of surgery you have depends on the size and location of your cancer.
When the surgeon removes a large area of tissue, they rebuild (reconstruct) the area. Find out about this type of surgery.
Cancers of the mouth and oropharynx can sometimes block a part of your throat, which may affect your breathing and eating. Find out how surgery can help.
Cancers of the mouth and oropharynx can spread to lymph nodes in your neck. Read about the different types of surgery to remove these lymph nodes.
Read about what you need to take in to hospital, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.
Read about what happens before surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.
Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.
How you feel after your operation depends on the type of surgery. Find out more about how you might feel and possible problems.