Reconstructive surgery involves much more than a cosmetic procedure. Joining host Andrew Schorr for an expert’s explanation of reconstructive surgery is Dr. Peter Neligan, director of the center for reconstructive surgery and professor of plastic surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Neligan helps us to understand what is possible both in reconstruction after cancer surgery but also in some other health situations that can make a big difference.
Dr. Neligan explains what he can do with plastic surgery for various patients, and how it works. He talks about what is possible for breast and bilateral breast reconstruction, when reconstruction is possible, and whether it’s possible to save the nipple in breast cancer patients. He then goes on to discuss reconstruction of the jaw and face, describing some new and incredible techniques now available. He talks about facial reanimation surgery for paralysis patients, including those born with defects like Bell’s palsy and Moebius syndrome. Dr. Neligan addresses the recovery process and typical results for both jaw and facial surgery. Finally, Dr. Neligan talks about craniofacial surgery and revision surgery for those who have undergone previous reconstructions.
If you suffer from breast cancer, throat cancer, sarcoma, facial paralysis or another deformity, you might have many surgical options available to you. Listen now to hear a discussion on what is possible for breast, face and jaw surgery.
Peter C. Neligan, M.B., B.Ch., F.A.C.S.
Professor of Surgery, UW MedicineDr. Neligan currently serves as Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington, and formerly served as Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He received his M.B. from the University of Dublin and completed fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Toronto General Hospital. more >