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Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Welcome to the Clinic of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The Clinic of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Gosau is the largest university specialty clinic of its kind in Germany and Europe. We cover the entire spectrum of dental, oral and maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery of the head and neck. In interdisciplinary cooperation we also surgically treat the trunk and the extremities. We also treat children in collaboration with our specialists of pediatrics and youth medicine.
In cases of malignant neoplasms (tumors) of the facial skin or salivary glands and in the areas of the oral cavity and the facial bones, the individual treatment plans take into consideration the stage of disease, possible concomitant diseases, and patient wishes, and are established in the context of interdisciplinary tumor conferences with colleagues from the University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH). State-of-the-art intraoperative navigation systems and three-dimensional imaging are used to achieve the greatest possible success and maximum patient safety when surgically treating tumors.
Our special focus areas are: 

  • traumatology (surgical and non-surgical treatment of bone injuries and injuries of the soft tissues of the face and skull)
  • tumor surgery (surgical treatment of neoplasms of the outer facial skin, salivary glands, and – most importantly – cancer of the lips, oral cavity, tongue, jaw, and face)
  • reconstructive surgery (restoration of form and function after defects, frequently through use of microsurgical transplants)
  • surgical treatment of malformation of vessels and nerves
  • surgical correction of dysgnathias (jaw deformities), including distraction osteogenesis (growth of new bone by slow stretching with a screw thread)
  • correction of congenital malformations, including treatment of congenital clefts of the jaw and the face
  • peripheral cranial nerve disorders (micro-surgical treatment)

State-of-the-art osteosynthesis systems, including preformed three-dimensional titanium plates and meshes, are available for treatment of facial bones and soft tissues. While the patient is still under anesthesia, a three-dimensional X-ray of the surgical result is taken to avoid subsequent corrective surgeries and to make further treatment in the patient’s home country as easy as possible.
The clinic has extensive experience in the treatment of tumors recurring after surgery and with irradiation, chemotherapy, and the alleviation and elimination of side effects of tumor treatments. Also, losses (e.g., tongue, lips, jaw) can often be compensated by suitable transplants. This applies not only to cancer patients but also to patients with congenital defects or acquired defects (following burns, injuries or infections). A major focus of the clinic is reconstruction of defects using microsurgical tissue transfer.
Please direct your treatment request to the UKE International Office.