Head and neck cancer surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for oral, head and neck cancer. The type of surgery depends on the type and stage of the tumor. Multiple surgeries may be necessary to treat the cancer and restore physical function and appearance, although reconstruction is generally performed at the time of tumor removal. Even if the surgeon removes all of the cancer, some patients may need additional treatment to increase the chance of successful outcomes, which may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or rehabilitation.

Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program offers comprehensive surgical services for cancer patients including: 

  • Surgical resection of oral, tongue, pharyngeal and laryngeal cancers 
  • Mandibulectomy: Removal of part or all of the jaw
  • Maxillectomy: Removal of the bone in the roof of the mouth
  • Laryngectomy/supracricoid partial laryngectomy: Removal of voice box
  • Neck dissection: Removal fo the lymph nodes in the neck
  • Transoral laser microsurgery  (TLM): Minimally-invasive technique to remove inaccessible tumors of the throat and voice box through the mouth
  • Transoral robotic surgery (TORS): DaVinci robot used to assist in the transoral removal of upper aerodigestive tract tumors and potentially avoid radiation therapy 
  • Microvascular free flap reconstruction: Reconstruction performed at the same time as surgery to remove the tumor
  • Skull base surgery
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Removal of indicated teeth

Recommended Resource

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society’s home page with links to all types of cancer, symptoms, treatment options, statistics trials and ways to contribute.