Reconstructive science

Reconstructive science is concerned with the corrective treatment of patients with malformation, cancer or trauma – especially in the skull, jaw and face.

In this area of healthcare science, you’ll specialise in the prosthetic reconstruction and therapeutic management of patients needing corrective treatment due to malformation, cancer or trauma.

Working life

As a clinical scientist working in reconstructive sciences, you’ll specialise in the prosthetic reconstruction and therapeutic management of the patient.

You will design, construct and apply custom-made medical devices for patients such as:

Such treatment could be required for a variety of reasons, such as malformation from birth, the effects of a disease such as cancer, or the result of trauma. You could be working on any area of the body but particularly the jaw, face and skull of a patient.

In your work you’ll usually:

At follow-up appointments, you’ll design and sculpt the device for the patient using wax, acrylic or clay and try-on and colour-match culminating in the fitting of the device. You’ll also be required to arrange ongoing monitoring and review of the patient and device.

You may be called on for advice by other clinical colleagues in emergency cases - such as constructing special splints to be used in theatre for a patient who has been in a car accident or suffered other facial trauma.

Who will I work with?

Typically, you’ll work in a maxillofacial or plastic surgery department within an NHS hospital.

You’ll work as part of a team which could includes oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons, oncologists, dental technologists, maxillofacial prosthetists, ocular prosthetists, nurses, allied health professionals and other healthcare science staff.

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