commando operation

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commando operation

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(Surgery) surgery a major operation for treatment of cancer of the head and neck, involving removal of many facial structures and subsequent surgical reconstruction
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The pharyngeal flap considered to be the "workhorse" flap in treating congenital velopharyngeal insufficiency--has been described in the literature as a reconstructive option following palatopharyngeal resections, (8) commando procedures, (9) buccopharyngectomies, (10) subtotal or total palatectomies, (2) and palatal resections.] The use of the posterior pharyngeal flap was first described by Schoenborn in 1876 and again in 1886.