Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

As Director of Oral, Head, and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery for the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at OHSU, Dr. Petrisor has unmatched experience in the field of microvascular head and neck reconstruction.

Advanced Treatment

One of the most advanced options available to patients recovering from head and neck surgery, microvascular reconstruction is the process of utilizing a patient’s own blood vessels, bone and tissue to rehabilitate surgical defects caused by tumor removal. It can be used to treat cancers of the larynx, pharynx, oral cavity, jaws, sinuses, tongue, skin, salivary glands and other areas of the head and neck.

The Procedure

Depending on your individual needs, we may harvest muscle, bone, skin or fat from a variety of areas of the body. This is a serious surgery, and while you will be very comfortable throughout, recovery sometimes can take up to 7 days in the hospital.

Types of Tissue Transfer:

  • Free Skin and Fat Transfer: Tissue is taken from the forearm or thigh and transplanted into the defect site.
  • Free Muscle Transfer: Muscle is harvested from the back or abdominal region for reconstructing the skull base.
  • Free Bone Transfer: Bone from the leg or rib can be used for jawbone reconstruction.

This amazing procedure has changed the lives of many people recovering from head and neck cancers. To find out more, please call us at McMinnville Office Phone Number 503-472-1468.