1st International Symposium on Reconstructive Microsurgery in Head and Neck Cancer, Pavia, Italy, 11-13 September 1997: Postoperative care issues in free flap surgery for head and neck cancers

M. Benazzo, A. Castelli, S. Mignosi, V. Rossi

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Abstract

Microvascular free tissue transfer has revolutionized head and neck reconstruction and allowed surgeons to become more aggressive with resections. In many ways free tissue has surpassed pedicle reconstruction, including improved aesthetics and function with increased reliability and decreased patient morbidity. The choice of reconstructive surgery is, however, conditioned by a number of factors such as the amount of damage to repair, the viability of surrounding tissues (often treated by previous chemotherapy or radiotherapy), the patient's general condition and nutritional status and therefore requires the evaluation of the general and specific risk factors for each flap used. It is also important to put into practice a set of clinical measures, aimed at preventing complications. In this paper we specifically consider the post-operative treatment of patients with advanced head and neck tumors who have undergone reconstructive surgery using revascularized free flaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalMedecine Biologie Environment
Volume25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Care issue
  • Free flaps
  • Post-operative management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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