A muscle-skin graft is a tissue replacement surgery that can be used to treat tissue damage in the head and neck area usually due to cancer. The procedure, which is often performed after the removal of a tumour, repairs or reconstructs the surgical area using a muscle and skin graft taken from another part of the body.
Although it is the best reconstructive option for this purpose, the procedure can be complicated as there are many factors to consider. First, there are many vital structures in the surgical area that may be injured during the procedure. Second, the patient should have good aesthetic appearance after the surgery. Third, the reconstructed area should function properly, so patients will be able to chew, breathe, and swallow as normal.
For such complex procedures, many patients choose to seek treatment abroad with many of them going to Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Renowned for the world-class care and service they provide, medical facilities in Southeast Asia have become popular among international patients. Even major organisations such as the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) recognise Southeast Asian medical care facilities for their ability to deliver the same quality medical treatments offered by Western hospitals.
Tissue transfer is a complex procedure by nature, with many factors affecting its success. One of the biggest concerns is to establish a good blood supply to the tissue graft. To ensure this, surgeons who specialise in tissue replacement surgery use several different techniques to perform the procedure. They can use a skin graft, a local flap, or a regional flap. They can also use either a split-thickness or full-thickness graft. In some cases, artificial tissue substitutes need to be used.
All these techniques are widely available in Southeast Asia, with most hospitals reporting impressive success rates. This is due in part to the fact that leading doctors and surgeons in the region have completed their training abroad. Thus, Southeast Asian patients who are looking for a muscle-skin graft can expect the same advanced and high-quality treatments offered in the US and Europe without travelling too far and spending a fortune.