RECONSTRUCTION FOLLOWING CANCER SURGERY OR TRAUMA
WHAT IS RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY FOR HEAD AND NECK?
It is possible to reconstruct parts of the head and neck that have been affected by cancer or trauma by means of microsurgery. In some cases, it is possible to reconstruct the face and neck by using tissues from other parts of the body, including the thighs, arms, and abdomen. The lower jaw can often be reconstructed with the use of bone from the lower leg.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
During reconstructive microsurgery, Dr September makes use of a high-magnification microscope to isolate tissue from one area of the body on an artery or vein, and detach it before transferring it to the part of the body affected by cancer. The harvested tissue is known as a 'free flap' and may include a combination of skin, fat, muscle, and bone, depending on the specific procedure.
With the use of a microscope and very fine stitches, Dr September is able to reconnect tiny blood vessels from the free flap to the recipient vessels in the affected area of the body. The high-magnification microscope allows Dr September to work with extreme precision and ensure that healthy blood flow is achieved.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Because the patient's own tissue is used in reconstructive microsurgery of the head and neck, there is minimal scarring and the result is natural-looking. There is minimal damage to the donor site, which promotes faster recovery and reduced risk of complications following surgery.