This type of complex surgery may required following removal of cancer in the face/mouth region or after major road traffic accidents. This is because the defect that has been caused cannot be repaired suitably without using tissue from other parts of the body. The surgery involves using skin and/or bone from other parts of the body (eg. arm, hip, thigh, leg), detaching them from their original blood supply and reconnecting them to blood vessels in the neck. This helps replace the lost tissue in the head and neck region with 'live' tissue from elsewhere and restore function.
Mr Aakshay Gulati has a specialist interest in treating head and neck cancer and microvsascular facial reconstruction. He performs this type of complex surgery mainly at the renowned Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead and is a core member of the West Kent head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team.