Reconstructive Surgery for the Head and Neck

Maximizing appearance and function

Reconstructive surgery plays an important role in the complex process of treating tumors and deformities of the head and neck. The main goal is to optimize appearance and function.

The University of Kansas Hospital is the only hospital in the region with a team of microvascular surgeons experienced in head and neck reconstruction.

Reconstructive techniques range from using small amounts of tissue from areas near the surgical site to using skin, bones and tendons from distant areas of the body to reconstruct the intricate function and contours of the head and neck. Our physicians pioneered a reconstructive technique using tissues from the forearm, which they now teach to surgeons around the country.

Specialized reconstructive techniques are used not only after removal of tumors, but also in the treatment of head and neck deformities caused by birth defects, injuries and surgical procedures.