Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery

We offer care and treatment for a wide range of conditions associated with the head and neck, provided by our dedicated team of expert clinicians led by our three specialist surgeons – Mr Ahmed, Mr Ragbir and Mr Hodgkinson.

Specialist reconstructive surgery for head and neck cancers

All three are members of the Head and Neck Team dealing with cancers of the head and neck, including reconstruction of the nose, lips, eyelids, cheeks, and reconstruction of oral soft-tissue and jaw bones.  A significant element of this involves highly complex, specialised microsurgery.

Some cancers in the mouth can also damage the palate and make speech unclear. Mr Hodgkinson works with our Cleft Palate team in these cases to restore speech as far as possible.

The Northern Head and Neck Cancer Unit, based at the Freeman Hospital, is a major treatment centre receiving referrals from all over the northern region. Our plastic surgeons work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of expert clinicians including ENT and maxillofacial surgeons, oncologists (doctors specialising in cancer care), histopathologists and radiologists, restorative dentists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, and clinical nurse specialists. We work closely with every single member of the team to ensure we can provide the very best care for all our head and neck cancer patients. 

Committed to providing the latest and safest care available

All three of our surgeons also specialise in the reconstruction of the head and neck area following treatment for congenital and acquired non-cancerous conditions. This includes both surgical and non-surgical treatment for people with facial paralysis (including Bell’s Palsy) which can help to balance the face, restore the smile, and improve eye closure and speech.
All of our reconstructive work involves state of the art clinical techniques, and our facial paralysis surgery is particularly specialised, being performed by only a handful of units in the UK. We also have a multi-disciplinary team for the care of facial palsy patients and our surgeons work closely with an ENT surgeon, an ophthalmic surgeon (specialising in eye conditions), a physiotherapist, and a speech and language therapist who can provide support and advice throughout your treatment.

We also provide reconstructive surgical treatment for the face and skull (craniofacial surgery) following the removal of brain tumours. Mr Hodgkinson has a specialist interest in this type of surgery and works in partnership with neurosurgical colleagues to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

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