If tumor surgery requires major tissue removal, such as removing the jaw, skin, pharynx, or tongue, reconstructive microsurgery may be necessary to replace the missing tissue.
This type of surgery helps restore a person’s appearance and the function of the affected area. Depending on the individual case, it may be possible to reconstruct the nose, tongue, or throat using tissues from other areas of the body, such as the thigh, abdomen, or forearm. The lower jawbone can be reconstructed using the smaller bone from the lower leg. Additionally, for patients with facial paralysis due to tumor removal, it may be possible to transfer a small muscle from the inner thigh to restore a smile.
When reconstructive microsurgery is recommended, BSSNY neurosurgeons work in conjunction with BSSNY’s expert reconstructive plastic surgeons to ensure patients receive optimal results.