Reconstructive Head and Neck surgery involves moving healthy tissue (skin, muscle or bone) to replace those removed in cancer operations or trauma. While smaller defects are often reconstructed with movement of tissue from the local area, larger defects require complex microsurgical reconstruction. This often involves transplanting tissue from one part of the body (arm, thigh or lower leg) to the face using microsurgery. With such techniques large areas of the tongue, jaw or face can be reconstructed.
Dr. Patrick Mehanna is trained in microsurgery and routinely performs reconstructive surgery at John Hunter Hospital.