Head and Neck Reconstruction: History, Epidemiology, and Etiology

  • Shiang-Fu Huang
  • Ku-Hao Fang
  • Kai-Ping ChangEmail author
  • Olivia A. Ho
Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


The practice of head and neck cancer resections and their reconstruction is a particular art and science. While a mastectomy and abdominal defect can usually be closed primarily, there are unique problems with head and neck cancer reconstruction in that there is usually a smaller opportunity for primary closure. Furthermore, when there is a bony defect, the implications on the speech, mastication, and overall appearances make it an additional challenge. There is a difficult task of not only providing coverage but restoring not only the form but the function of the face, jaw, head, and neck.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiang-Fu Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ku-Hao Fang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kai-Ping Chang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Olivia A. Ho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryChang Gung Memorial HospitalLinkouTaiwan
  2. 2.College of MedicineChang Gung UniversityTaoyuan CityTaiwan
  3. 3.Division of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Department of Plastic SurgeryChang Gung Memorial HospitalLinkouTaiwan

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