Head & neck tumor reconstruction
Head and neck tumors can lead to devastating cosmetic and functional deficits with resultant psychological, physical, and nutritional detriment.
Reconstruction of such defects continues to be an extremely demanding challenge for plastic surgeons who aim to restore form and function with minimal surgical morbidity. Successful reconstruction requires a team approach, which includes a medical oncologist, ablative surgeon, and reconstructive surgeon, for careful preoperative assessment and development of a treatment plan. Important considerations include tumor stage and prognosis; patient age, sex, body habitus, and functional status; available reconstructive donor sites; and the psychosocial make-up of the patient.