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HEAD AND NECK - TUMOURS

Head and neck surgery, as a sub-specialty, has been primarily developed to treat head and neck tumours both benign and malignant.
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Plastic surgeons with an interest in head and neck tumours are uniquely placed as they have expertise not only in the resection of such growths but also in the reconstruction of the defects created by the ablative surgery. The confidence of resection margins for example can potentially be influenced by the ability to reliably reconstruct a defect with techniques that are aesthetically acceptable and restore function as best as can be achieved.
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Treatment of benign tumours may involve the removal of small growths and cysts from the lining of the oral cavity or lumps from the salivary glands located in front of the ears (parotid), the regions beneath the jaw (submandibular and sublingual) or within the oral cavity. Surgery is usually the only treatment required for these lesions however scars and residual cosmetic deformities can be minimised with techniques familiar to most plastic surgeons.
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The management of malignant tumours of the head and neck region is more complex, as they tend to not only widely infiltrate local tissues but also eventually metastasize, that is, spread to distant locations via the blood stream or lymphatics. Early detection and definitive treatment is imperative.
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Such malignancies include cancers of the mouth, tongue, salivary glands, throat and sinuses; or sarcomas of the facial connective tissues, muscles, nerves and bones. These tumours, (if they are to be treated primarily by surgery rather than radio-chemotherapy) require radical excision, with wide margins, preserving as much normal anatomy as possible. Post operative adjuvant radio therapy or chemotherapy is often also used to ensure a lower recurrence rate.
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Dr Peter Sylaidis has spent 18 months training in Head and Neck Units in England, France and Australia; consequently he is well versed with this type of surgery. He was awarded the Diplome Universitaire de Carcinologie Cervical Facial (DU-CCF), the post-graduate diploma from the University of South Paris, on head and neck cancer management. In Hania, he manages such cases in cooperation with ENT surgeons, oral surgeons and radio-oncologists.

 

 
PLASTIC SURGERY AND COSMETIC SURGERY in Adelaide. Dr Peter Sylaidis - Accredited Plastic Surgeon and Cosmetic Surgeon -- © Sylaidis Plastic Surgery 2009 - Adelaide, South Australia