Role of reconstructive surgery for head and neck cancer

Yoshihiro Kimata, Yuzaburo Namba, Tetuya Tutui, Narushi Sugiyama, Eijiro Tokuyama, Minoru Sakuraba, Ryuichi Hayashi, Satoshi Ebihara

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The role of reconstructive surgery in the management of head and neck tumors involves three points: (1) Development of reconstructive procedures to maintain the postoperative swallowing and speech functions. (2) Decreasing the degree of surgical invasiveness and donor-site morbidity. (3) Minimizing early postoperative complications that may prolong hospitalization and become life-threatening. Furthermore, surgeons should always consider the prognosis when selecting reconstructive methods for patients who have undergone resection of a head and neck tumor, because the survival rate of these patients is generally low. In this paper we report our views on reconstructive procedures to maintain the postoperative functions and discuss several problems and difficulties that must still be resolved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalToukeibu Gan
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • functional reconstruction
  • head and neck tumor
  • postoperative complication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Oncology


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