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May 1966

Plastic Surgery in Cancer of the Head and Neck

Author Affiliations

From the Head and Neck Department, Pack Medical Group, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(5):491-493. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020493018

THE REHABILITATION of large post-surgical cancer wounds in the region of the head and neck never ceases to be a forthright challenge in reconstituting both the functional and aesthetic aspects of this area. Millard1 has presented a bold and imaginative technique for the immediate reconstruction of the lower jaw in massive ablative procedures carried out in the region of the mandible, oral cavity, and neck for cancer. He stresses the necessity for adequate lining and stabilization of the bone graft. He has emphasized the value of the long forehead flap being situated in the region that permits it to be transferred immediately into the oral cavity. His attention to details and his success with these techniques authenticate their value. The increased time required and the possibility of infection and local rehabilitive failure do not detract from the value of this concept when it is properly planned and executed.