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Head and Neck Reconstruction

Resecting head and neck cancers and benign tumours of the face and neck can create large defects that have a profound effect on cosmesis and function.

Over the past 25 - 30 years, significant advances have been made in improving patients' functional and aesthetic outcomes following creation of these defects. Most of the advances have been in reconstruction of the defects with autologous (the patient's own) tissue. A number of important anatomical donor sites have been identified from where complex tissue can be removed with its own blood supply with minimal donor site problems. Some of these sites are near the head and neck so the the tissue can be moved but is anchored by a pedicle (pedicled or regional flaps) and some are from distant sites. The tissue from these distant sites is brought up with an artery and vein that are then anastomosed (joined) to blood vessels in the neck to ensure a robust blood supply. This technology is called Free Tissue Transfer and the components are referred to as Free Flaps.

Location Information

Contact Details

Phone (09) 367 0000

Patient enquiries:  (09) 375 4300

Known extension/pager:  (09) 307 4949

Admission & Planning Unit:  Ext 24210 / 23225 | Fax: (09) 375 7038

Acute Referrals Service:  (09) 375 7030, Ext: 24048 |Fax: (09) 307 2858

Outpatient appointments & surgical booking enquiries: (09) 638 0400

Mental Health Services

24 Hour Crisis Line:  0800 800717

GP / External Specialist Help Desk: (09) 307 2800

Street Address

2 Park Road
Grafton
Auckland 1023

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

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