Head and Neck Reconstruction
Together with the Head and Neck Surgeons (Otolaryngologists or ENT) and Neurosurgeons, we approach difficult cancers and traumatic injuries of the skull, facial bones and soft tissue. Methods used for restoring form are:
Skin grafts – a superficial portion of skin without blood supply taken to cover an open wound or defect
Bone grafts – bone taken without blood supply used to fill in a small defect in a bony region
Plating Systems – plates and screws made of titanium or a biodegradable material to stabilize bones or span a defect in the bone
Local/Regional Flaps – flaps consisting of skin/subcutaneous fat, skin/subcutaneous fat/muscle or only muscle to gain soft tissue coverage in areas with severely damaged soft tissue or expected radiation.
Free Flaps (microsurgery) – flaps consisting of skin/subcutaneous fat, skin/subcutaneous fat/muscle, skin/subcutaneous fat/ muscle/bone, or only muscle or only bone that are disconnected from their blood supply and reconnected to the blood vessels near the defect to be filled.