Numerous complex resections of tumours were successfully undertaken. These included cancers of the tongue, parotid gland, and other neck masses.
Other shorter procedures were carried out, all equally complicated even if less time-consuming, and all life-changing in terms of the final outward appearance. For example, the reconstructive surgeons undertook two nose reconstructions with a forehead flap, in which part of the forehead was used to recreate the defect from the nose. It is a multiple-step procedure, and in a couple of weeks the local team will complete the surgery.
Some of the nose reconstructions also involved taking some cartilage from other areas of the body such as ear or ribs. The cartilage was then sculpted to the right shape and inserted into the nose in order to make the new side symmetrical to the other.
Droopy eyelids, known as ptosis, can cause irreversible vision loss in babies if their eyes are not exposed to light for a prolonged period, and the brain is not allowed to develop normally. Early surgery is essential to preserve vision. Different procedures to help suspend eyelids were taught by our oculoplastic surgeon who operated on many children during the week.
Some of the children also suffered from narrow mouths and palates, or conditions resulting in their top and lower teeth not lining up correctly, which prevents them from eating and breathing normally. The maxillofacial surgeons successfully performed surgeries which involved cutting and reshaping the bony structures of the mouth and face, in order to not only improve aesthetics, but also dramatically improve the function of these patients.