Cancer of the Mouth and Throat (cont.)
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Mouth and Throat Cancer Surgery
Oral surgery for cancer may be simple or very complicated. This depends on how far the cancer has spread from where it started.
If any of these structures are removed, the person's appearance will change. The surgery will also leave scars that may be visible. These changes can sometimes be extensive. A plastic surgeon may take part in the planning or in the operation itself to minimize these changes. Reconstructive surgery may be an option to restore tissues removed or altered by surgery.
Removal of tissues and the resulting scars can cause problems with the normal functions of the mouth and throat. These disruptions may be either temporary or permanent. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking are the functions most likely to be disrupted.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014
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