Reconstruction of the pharynx and cervical esophagus using ileocolic free autograft

Alberto Sartoris, Giovanni Succo, Pierroberto Mioli, Giorgio Merlino

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Background: Advanced stage hypopharyngeal cancer is commonly treated by surgery and radiotherapy. This report presents a technique using ileocolic free autograft as a single-stage procedure for voice and swallowing rehabilitation after pharyngolaryngoesophagectomy. Methods: Digestive tract restoration is obtained by using the cecum and ascending colon, while the last ileal loop, protected by the ileocecal valve for food and liquid inhalation, is anastomized to the cervical trachea. After abdominal harvesting, the ileocolic complex is transected, transposed, and then revascularized in the cervical field. Results: Six patients underwent this operation successfully with recovery of swallowing function and vocal performance within a short period of time, varying from 18 to 38 days. Conclusion: On the basis of achieved results, the ileocolic free autograft can be considered a good option for pharyngoesophageal reconstruction, offering as it does an immediate restoration of swallowing and voice function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-322
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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