I'm wondering about others' experiences after neck dissection. I had a central and right neck dissection two weeks ago today. (TT a year ago this month) Above my long scar my neck is swollen and all along the top of the scar there is a lump that is hard. My ear and side of face and under chin are numb. In post op last week they said I am healing beautifully. Well, it's certainly not beautiful (!) Should I be using hotpacks? Coldpacks? Will anything help? Thanks.