Maxillary reconstruction still remains challenging for surgeons despite the fact that maxilla is a static structure. The correct shape and volume of the reconstruction can guarantee the best result in terms of soft tissue support and functional outcome for the patients restoring three-dimensional support of the mid third. The fibula free flap seems to be the best free flap to apply in this type of reconstruction, partial maxillectomy, in particular, can benefit from reconstruction with the double barrelled fibula free flap. In fact, this shape can provide the best support to cheek tissue and minimize the tendency of upper retraction of the alar base of the nose and lips. Moreover, the free flap, containing bone, can restore a skeletal structure that will provide adequate bony support for osteointegrated implant prosthesis rehabilitation. All these conditions can be achieved with the double barrel fibula flap that we consider a good approach for maxillary reconstruction.
|Translated title of the contribution||Reconstruction of partial maxillary defects with the double-barrel fibula free flap|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2010|
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