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Head And Neck Reconstruction

Head And Neck Reconstruction

Head And Neck Reconstruction

Successful reconstruction requires a team approach, which includes a medical oncologist, ablative surgeon, Head And Neck Reconstruction, 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.

The reconstruction ladder consists of the following steps starting from the simplest to the most complex option:

  1. Healing by secondary intention
  2. Primary closure
  3. Skin grafting (split or full thickness)
  4. Composite grafts
  5. Local flaps
  6. Regional pedicled flaps
  7. Free tissue transfer