Head & Neck Surgery

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Mr M Danford – Lead Clinician for Head and Neck Cancer

Mr M Bater – Chair of Head and Neck Tumour Group

Mr M Bailey

Mr J D’Souza

Head and Neck Cancer

Oral and Maxillofacial (OMF) surgeons work closely with colleagues from Oncology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Radiology and Pathology, forming the Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire (SWSH) Head and Neck Cancer Multidiscplinary Team (MDT).

Following a diagnosis of a cancer involving one of the head and neck sites (Mouth, Jaw, Throat, Larynx, Salivary Gland, Neck), all patients are reviewed by a panel of experts in a weekly MDT meeting, followed by a clinic appointment to discuss proposed treatment.

Tongue base tumour

Patients are usually treated by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, either as a single treatment or with a combination of treatments. As patient management is very specialised, all treatment is carried out in the regional centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Tumour of the lower jaw

OMF surgeons routinely remove cancers of the mouth, face, jaws and neck utilising state-of-the-art technologies (Lasers, Harmonic scalpel). In some patients immediate reconstructions are carried out to enable early recovery of speech, swallowing and chewing, utilising grafts from other parts of the body. These techniques often involve free tissue transfer and microsurgical expertise.

Recent audits of OMF practice have demonstrated success rates for free tissue transfer and length of stay data that compare favourably with national guidelines. The SWSH Head and Neck Cancer MDT itself has some of the best patient outcomes in the South-East of England.


Reconstruction of the Lower Jaw


Patients from the following hospital are frequently treated by The SWSH head and neck team.

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex NHS trust

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