1 October, 2021
My story is actually about my 87 year old Mother Lucy Camilleri.
Mum was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer (BSC) to the right nasal flap in 2011. She had surgery to remove it, which left her with a significant void. Earlier this year she was diagnosed with BSC predominantly in the columella, which is the bridge of tissue that separates the nostrils at the nasal base. Mum had Mohs surgery to remove the cancer.
Once the cancer was removed we were referred to Dr Damian Marucci to undertake the reconstruction of the nose. Dr Marucci assured Mum he would do his utmost to give her the best possible outcome bearing in mind this was a very challenging reconstruction.
This was done in 3 main stages. Stage 1 involved a right cheek flap + forehead flap and rib cartilage graft to create the columella strut and a full thickness skin graft to defect on nose.
Stage 2 was done 1 month later and involved the raising and thinning of both the forehead and nasolabial flaps. The rib graft unfortunately wasn’t viable and therefore was removed and cartilage was harvested from her right ear and used instead.
Stage 3 was done 1 month after and completed the procedure.
To have seen mum from the 1st stage through to the final stage was absolutely remarkable. The healing of the scars is absolutely amazing.
Throughout the entire procedure Dr Marucci was caring, empathetic and very attentive to Mum’s requirements. He put Mum’s mind at ease, which resulted in her coping far better with the procedures than one would expect for a woman of her age. She is extremely happy with the outcome.
We cannot thank Dr Marucci enough for the wonderful work he did for Mum, which has resulted in her having self-confidence and the best possible outcome.