Head and neck tumors (oral cavity cancer) Reconstructive surgery

Changes in the skin or oral mucosa are often discovered as incidental findings by the dentist or general practitioner, unless the patient notices them themselves.



The suspicion or confirmed diagnosis of a malignant change in the mucous membrane as well as the specific clarification of symptoms such as pain, swelling or difficulty swallowing lead to the patient being referred to our special consultation hour for tumor diseases.

Therapy methods

In principle, apart from highly specialized forms of therapy for certain tumour types, surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy can be considered either alone or in combination. Under certain conditions, photodynamic therapy (“surgery with light”) can also be used. We offer patients with high-risk oral mucosal changes regular check-ups in our interdisciplinary oral mucosal consultation.

After the procedure

The rapid restoration of aesthetics and function is crucial for the quality of life after a tumor operation on the facial skull. If the tissue defect created after tumor removal can no longer be closed locally, microvascular tissue transfer is now the standard procedure. Tissue is removed from a distant part of the body, transferred to the head and neck area and reconnected to the bloodstream there. We are a global pioneer in the replacement of bony structures with patient-specific implants. By combining computer-assisted surgery with modern CAD/CAM technologies, implants for the replacement of bony structures of the midface and orbital walls can be manufactured with such precision that, for example, the risk of post-operative visual impairment can be minimized. This rapidly developing technology now also allows us to insert dental implants with the required precision at the same time as a microvascular reconstruction. In collaboration with the Center for Dental Medicine at the University of Zurich and in close coordination with the family dentist, the total treatment time until the prosthesis is fitted is reduced by many months.


We offer all our patients regular follow-up checks, the intervals of which are tailored to the individual risk profile. This means that the interdisciplinary expertise of the entire Head and Neck Tumor Center is available to our patients at all times.

For patients

You can either register yourself or be referred by your family doctor, dentist or another medical colleague.

Tel. +41 44 255 30 58

For referrer

University Hospital Zurich
Department of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 30 58
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