Last modified on June 24th, 2018


Big improvements in head and neck cancer surgery have been made since the development and evolution of Microvascular reconstructive surgery.

This means that large tumours can now be safely removed with good margins and the holes or defects that are created can be restored.

This allows wounds to heal and reduces the impact on appearance, speech, eating and swallowing.

Reconstructive surgery can involve one or more of the following procedures:

A 3D printed jaw used to plan surgery and accurate reconstruction.
A 3D print of a patient’s hip, showing the natural jaw-like shape.
The advantage of planning reconstruction: 3D prints of a patient’s jaw and hip to
work out the most accurate reconstruction possible.