Mr Kostas Karavidas

Consultant Maxillofacial / Head and Neck Surgeon


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I am a Consultant Maxillofacial/Head and Neck and Oral surgeon at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital since the beginning of May 2012 and a core member of the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team. I perform facial reconstructive surgery for cancer patients and I am an expert in minimally invasive treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease.

I specialise in head and neck cancer, facial reconstruction and rehabilitation with microsurgery and free tissue transfer, skin cancer, sialendoscopy and minimal intaroral surgery for obstructive salivary gland disease (stones and strictures), salivary gland surgery, paediatric oral surgery and tongue ties.

I perform regular sialendoscopies, utilising all forms of minimal treatment for the obstructive disease of the salivary glands including laser intraluminal fragmentation of stones, basket retrieval of stones, balloon sialoplasties and the intraoral ductal stretching technique for the deeply seated stones in the hilum of the submandibular gland.

I have performed a high volume of free tissue transfer for reconstruction of the facial defects with a variety of flaps. Nowadays reconstruction is patient specific and I often include a virtual surgical planning in the surgical treatment of my patients.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Kostas Karavidas at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Facial reconstruction and rehabilitation with microsurgery and free tissue transfer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Paediatric oral surgery and tongue ties
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Sialendoscopy and minimal intraoral surgery for obstructive salivary gland disease(stones and strictures)
  • Skin cancer

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Additional information

Facial surgery
Head and neck surgery
Maxillofacial surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Oral surgery

MD / University of Ioannina / 1998
Medical Degree

DDS / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. / 2002
Doctor in Dental Surgery

FEB(OMFS) / Brugge/UEMS / 2010
Fellow of European Board in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,

PhD / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / 2013
Philosophic Doctorate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Professional memberships

British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, BAOMS

European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeons, EACMFS

British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, BAHNO

Professional leadership

Clinical Lead for Trauma Audit at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Foundation trust/ QEII Hospital.

Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Mrs Emma Dolby
Private secretary telephone 07484 849 381
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