Methodist in the Media
Methodist Surgeon Helps Patients Regain Functions Like Swallowing and SpeakingPublished: Jan. 14, 2020
In the field of otolaryngology (commonly known as ear, nose and throat), plastic and reconstructive surgery has been used to give back basic functions such as swallowing or speaking.
“There’s been a lot of negativity in regard to plastic surgery, but plastic surgery has tremendous effects on the patient’s overall psyche, and when it comes to head and neck-related plastic surgery, we can actually restore a patient’s livelihood,” Dr. Oleg Militsakh said.
Militsakh is an otolaryngology surgeon at Methodist Health System. He’s also an associate professor of surgery in the department of surgery at Creighton Medical Center. He performs surgeries on cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck areas, and sometimes handles reconstructive surgeries that are needed because of such invasive operations. The challenges of his field, such as navigating through complex, dense areas of nerves within a small area, were a key reason why Militsakh chose this specialty.