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Head and Neck Cancer

Microvascular Reconstruction Surgery

Head and neck cancer surgery, which involves the removal of tumors and delicate tissues, can impact the cosmetic form, look and function of facial structures. Wake Forest Baptist’s head and neck cancer surgeons are experts at performing microvascular reconstruction surgery to restore your appearance and quality of life following treatment. We treat more about 300 cases of cancer each year, many of which involve microvascular reconstruction surgery with free flaps.

Treatment with Free Flaps

Microvascular reconstruction free flaps can return function to delicate tissues of the head and neck damaged by cancer removal or radiation therapy. Skin grafts made of tissue, bone and nerves taken from other places in the body are reconstructed to replace the defective tissues. Our doctors use state-of-the-art surgical techniques to reconnect the nerves and blood vessels of the flap to those on the body so that the free flaps take on the form and function of the tissues they replaced.

Advanced Approaches for Head and Neck Cancer Microvascular Reconstruction

At Wake Forest Baptist, we place a high priority on restoring your quality of life, and we are proud of our expertise in microvascular reconstruction. We continually explore new ways to reconstruct defects with the patient’s own tissue without resorting to prosthetics. For example, using the temporalis muscle to fill a defect in the palate has produced excellent results.

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