& Reconstructive Surgery of the Head & Neck
ablation is a surgical technique that uses lasers to
remove tissue that is damaged, scarred, or unwanted. In
the context of Head and Neck Surgery it often means the
removal or reduction of tumours with laser treatment.
Mr Kalavrezos specialises in the treatment and removal
of cancers of the skull
base, throat, and neck and the re-constructive needs of
the face, head
and neck after surgery or major trauma.
of the head and neck is particularly demanding since the
reconstructive requirements are so complex in this
highly visible and vital area. Surgery
is most often concerned with replacing and repairing
tissue where a tumour has been removed or where injury
was sustained. The myriad functions in this part of the
body, such as speech and swallowing have to be protected
as far as possible,
free-tissue transfer is one of the main reconstructive
techniques used. This involves replacement of the
damaged or removed area with appropriate tissue from a
different part of the body. Major damage caused by
the need to surgically remove a tumour or damaged tissue
can be repaired with this technique. When undertaken,
the tissue components (bone, skin, muscle) can be
transferred to fit the traumatised area.
are many possible donor sites in the body, the selection
of donor tissue is decided by the surgical requirements,
as different parts of the body offer different
techniques are used by Mr Kalavrezos's team within an
intensely integrated approach that involves
further cosmetic surgery as part of a carefully planned
and multi-facetted recovery process.