Advanced Head & Neck Oncologic Reconstructive Surgery
Surgery within the scalp, face, mouth, throat or neck to remove cancer or other lesions can result in changes to the appearance of the facial features and basic functions in life, such as speech or swallowing. Reconstructive surgery plays an essential role in the healing process and helps those with head and neck cancer or another illness return to a more natural state and lead a higher quality of life.
Dr. Waleed Ezzat is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and is the Director of Microvascular Surgery at the Boston Medical Center. He works in tandem with the Division of Head and Neck Oncology to provide a wide-range of reconstructive surgical options for patients with head and neck cancer, as well as those with scarring after treatments for thyroid and salivary gland disorders.
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When to Consider Oncologic Reconstructive Surgery
Men, women and children recovering from illness or trauma may benefit from the following oncologic reconstructive treatments:
- Tissue reconstructive surgery after tumor removal
- Revision from radiation therapy
- Scar revision and contracture release
- Coverage of a wound
Before Your Reconstructive Surgery
Prior to your head or neck reconstruction, you’ll have a private consultation with Dr. Ezzat. During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to sit down with Dr. Ezzat and discuss your goals for reconstructive surgery, ask any questions you may have and address your concerns. Dr. Ezzat will evaluate your needs and explain the procedure details, as well as give you a better idea of the results you can expect.
Dr. Ezzat often uses scar revision techniques to address aspects of oncologic care. This may include skin grafts, laser treatments or injectable fillers. For those with a diagnosis of skin cancer, Dr. Ezzat also offers Mohs reconstructive surgery.
Your Oncologic Reconstructive Procedure
Depending on the procedure, oncologic reconstruction will be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Most procedures are performed under general anesthesia, but in some cases, local anesthesia may be preferable. The location of incisions depends on your unique case, but Dr. Ezzat makes a special effort to ensure that all scars are as discreet as possible.
When correcting scars and other types of tissue loss during oncologic reconstruction, Dr. Ezzat uses a range of techniques that may involve transferring skin or tissue from another part of your body. In this case, a flap or graft will be removed from a donor area that is easily concealed. He may also improve scar healing by releasing tension in the skin and tissue surrounding the damaged area with contracture release.
Oncologic reconstruction can also involve reconstructing the nose, mouth or throat. These procedures are custom-tailored to each individual, and often include transferring skin, tissue, bone or muscle to the affected area, known as microvascular reconstruction, as well as some type of scar revision.
Dr. Ezzat prioritizes your health and will work closely with your dermatologist or oncologist to ensure that your treatment is effective. Some people may require a staged procedure with different treatments spaced a couple of weeks or months apart.
Your Oncologic Reconstruction Recovery
Healing from your reconstructive procedure is a gradual process. Your overall health is a major factor in the speed of your healing, as well as the extent of the procedure. Dr. Ezzat will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions. You should take care to keep the incisions clean and dry for the first several days.
Most people take around 2 to 3 weeks away from work and their normal routines after getting reconstructive surgery for the head or neck. Avoid straining yourself with physical activity for at least 1 month. You should see a noticeable improvement by 3 months after treatment, and your results will continue to develop gradually over 1 to 2 years as the scars heal and mature.
Your Oncologic Reconstructive Surgery Results
As your body heals from damage or illness, you should start to feel more confident about how you see yourself in the mirror. Your reconstruction results can help you embrace your reflection as you move forward in life with the most natural and healthy appearance possible.
Contact us online or call our Boston office at 617-414-4980 to take the first step toward improving your quality of life with head and neck reconstructive surgery.