Welcome to Maxillofacial Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery
MORS at JPS
The Division of Maxillofacial Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery is one of the busiest services in our department. Our clinic sees over 5000 patient visits per year and 10-20 new patients each week in need of our services. The surgical staff have extensive training and expertise in the treatment of head and neck tumors and the associated reconstruction.
Most forms of cancer in the mouth are discovered as an ulcer or sore that will not heal. A biopsy is required to establish a diagnosis, since other non-cancerous lesions can look very similar. Although most oral cancers are best treated with surgery, specialists in radiation oncology and medical oncology are often involved. Our team works closely with other doctors and our MORS Tumor Board to coordinate the best possible care. Through this joint effort and teamwork, diagnoses and treatment plans are the product of collective discussions and combined years of experience. Additional specialists may include speech therapists, nutritionists and prosthodontists.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most troubling times in a patient’s life. Cancer of the face or mouth strikes at the source of a patient’s identity and involves much of who we are. Our doctors recognize the emotional challenges faced by cancer patients and strive to care for our patients with the highest level of compassion as well as the most advanced techniques. Our surgeons are some of only a handful of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons in Texas who are fellowship-trained in surgical removal of head and neck cancers and microvascular reconstruction.
Facial skin lesions are common but often require a biopsy to determine if cancer is present. When detected early, many forms of skin cancer are readily treatable. While small skin cancers are often removed in the office setting, some may require treatment in the operating room. Our surgeons are experienced in both the removal and reconstruction of skin to achieve the best cosmetic and functional results. We also work closely with JPS dermatologists for continued management of high risk skin lesions.