Standing as the most comprehensive reference on oral cancer reconstruction, this handbook serves as an all-encompassing compendium of surgical and cosmetic strategies for the reconstruction of bone, muscles, nerves, arteries, and anatomical structures of the oral cavity- covering wounds extending from the lips to the pharynx with detailed illustrations depicting the exact techniques utilized for functional and cosmetic repair and optimization of quality of life.
It is my distinct pleasure to make comment about this well-timed text regarding oral
cavity reconstruction. That this book has evolved is a testimonial to the evolution of
medical understanding, enhancement, and therapeutic planning in the multidisciplinary
approach to complex problems. What was once an arena of extirpation followed
by modest attempts at reconstruction, management has been transformed (through
the wonders of imaging, miniaturization, and visual magnification) to selective extirpation
and functional as well as cosmetic reconstruction. Questions heretofore
unasked, or at least unanswered, have in many instances fallen to resolution. This
excellent work chronicles the breadth of understanding and implementation which
now exists, such that the bottom line focus of the surgical rehabilitative team focuses
on quality of life for the patient. I commend the editors for their creativity and all of
the authors for their contribution thus enhancing the welfare of our patients. For
those of us involved in treatment of advanced head/neck malignancy, this contribution
comes at the right time.