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Head and Neck Oncology

Cancers of the head and neck commonly originate in the mucosal linings of the mouth, sinuses, or throat, causing symptoms that can seriously disrupt quality of life. Though potentially aggressive, cancers of the head and neck are highly curable if detected early, and are often treated by a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Choosing and implementing a specific course of cancer treatment and reconstruction can be a stressful and emotional process. The head and neck team at ECMC makes every effort to help you understand the options available to you, and to keep you well informed through

Microvascular Reconstruction

ECMC surgeons are also highly skilled in the practice of microvascular reconstructive surgery, which relies on high-powered microscopic technology. This technology provides access to the tiny structures, blood vessels, and nerves that is required for complex reconstructive procedures, such as tissue transfers, bone grafts, and structure replantation.

Plastics and Reconstruction

Plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery are complementary medical disciplines that address the repair and restoration of both normal function and appearance to abnormalities of the body. These abnormalities may be congenital in nature or the result of trauma, infection, disease, or tumor. In the hands of professionals, plastic and reconstructive surgery can help reestablish a sense of normalcy in the lives of cancer and trauma patients.

At ECMC, nationally renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform a variety of procedures to treat abnormalities and conditions of the head and neck, breast, and other body regions. These include:

  • Breast reconstruction - utilizing both autologous (using the patient’s own tissue to restore the breast) techniques such as DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastrice artery Perforator) flaps as well as tissue expander / implant techniques, depending on each individual patient’s needs.
  • Microvascular free tissue transfer “Free Flaps” as well as a wide variety of local and regional flaps for improved functional and cosmetic outcomes in cancer and trauma patients
  • Skin cancer management and reconstruction
  • Restoration or improvement of form and function for cancer, trauma, and congenital abnormalities. The head & neck / plastic & reconstruction surgeons at ECMC are committed to offering world-class compassionate care from initial consultation through post-operative follow-up. They are sensitive to the emotional toll of cancer and traumatic defects and work to promote the restoration of form and function.

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