A relatively recent method for reconstruction of the oral cavity after tumor removal employs the use of revascularized free flaps. In particular, the Radial Forearm Flap has gained significant international recognition. After a review of the history of this procedure, the authors describe the essential aspects of the technique including what is involved in removal as well as in microanastomosis and reconstruction. In addition, the paper also deals with operative patient monitoring, prevention and treatment of any complications. Finally, a series of 10 cases is presented all of which underwent surgery at the E.N.T. Division of the Varese Hospital. The case study presents the oncological and functional results and emphasizes the technical details of the entire sampling. The purpose of this work has been to demonstrate that this procedure can be used by an E.N.T. surgical staff without requiring input from an outside team of specialists. Although this technique is difficult and somewhat limited, it must be considered one of the most innovative proposals in the field of plastic, reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.
|Translated title of the contribution||A free radial forearm flap in oral cavity reconstruction|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1997|
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