Microvascular head and neck reconstruction
A technique for rebuilding the face and neck using blood vessels, bone and tissue, including muscle and skin from other parts of the body. The technique useful for rehabilitating surgical defects that are caused by the removal of head and neck tumors.
This technique involves harvesting flaps of healthy tissue (with the blood supply) from remote sites in the body, then transferring this tissue to the site necessary for reconstruction. A microscope is used to suture the blood vessels of the flap to blood vessels in the neck, allowing the tissue to live as if it were back in its original location.