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Head & Neck Reconstructive Surgery

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Head and neck cancers are a significant problem in our country constituting approximately one-third of all cancer cases.

Many important functions are hampered because of the Tumour in Head and Neck region are carried out by the organs in the head and neck region.

The purpose of conservation surgery is to eradicate the cancerous lesion while preserving the look and function of the affected organ as much as possible.

Patients with head and neck cancers suffer from a variety of problems, for example:
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Difficulty in chewing/swallowing
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Pain
  • Psychological disturbances that follow a cancer diagnosis and fear of change in their appearance
  • Participating in meals within their usual social setting
  • Conducting personal hygiene
  • Oral communication
  • Pursuit of their professional and social activities

Head and neck reconstruction surgery (plastic surgery) is performed to replace missing tissue with pieces of tissue from other parts of the body. This could be in form of a skin graft, a pedicled flap or a free flap.

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Skin Grafting for Reconstruction

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Free Flap for Reconstruction

Free flap reconstruction (microvascular surgery) has gained popularity over time to become the standard of care for large head & neck defects.
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Benefits of a free flap reconstruction include:

  • Better mouth opening
  • Better swallowing
  • Earlier recovery to normal diet
  • Better speech quality
  • Better cosmetic results
  • Bone reconstruction for defects of upper and lower jaw
  • Dental implant placement to restore chewing
  • Better shoulder and neck movements
  • Lower incidence of infection and wound dehiscence

"The ultimate goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore appearance and function of the removed tissue as much as possible."