Craniofacial and head and neck reconstruction surgery is performed to rebuild defects in the face and neck by using en bloc transfer of tissue from other parts of the body. Occasionally, prosthetics such as titanium, hydroxyl apatite and silicone are also used to provide reconstruction.
This complex procedure is indicated for head & neck cancer, congenital and traumatic defects of the head & neck and craniofacial deformities. It is performed in conjunction with other surgeons e.g. neurosurgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, ENT surgeons and general surgeons. You will be worked up in a multidisciplinary clinic and will require significant time in both intensive care and high dependency care in hospital. Rehabilitation may involve physiotherapy, speech therapy and dieticians.
Yes (seek confirmation from your private health fund). This procedure is performed at a tertiary level institution and is partly covered by your private health fund as it is considered reconstructive/medical.