The motive for the presentation of this subject is to describe an operation for the reconstruction of the lip. As the necessity for the procedure arises almost wholly from cancer, the characteristics of the disease must first be considered, at least so far as they exert a modifying influence on operative technic.
In view of the claims of many competent observers that better results are obtained by radiation than by operation in the treatment of cancer of the lip, one almost feels the necessity of arguing the point to establish his right to suggest a surgical procedure. To do this would be but to add another personal opinion to one side of an argument that only further experience and the lapse of time can settle. No better illustration of the radical difference of opinion relative to the method of choice could be had than that offered by the symposium on
FAIRCHILD FR. CANCER OF THE LOWER LIP: SUGGESTIONS AS TO OPERATIVE TECHNIC IN PLASTIC REPAIR. Arch Surg. 1928;17(4):630–640. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140100100007
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