The Bozola flap in oral cavity reconstruction

S. Ferrari, C. Copelli, B. Bianchi, A. Ferri, E. Sesenna

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The buccinator musculomucosal flaps are actually considered the main reconstructive option for small-moderate defects of the oral mucosa. In this paper we present our experience with the posteriorly based buccinator musculomucosal flap. A retrospective review was performed of all patients who had had a Bozola flap reconstruction at the Operative Unit of Maxillo-Facial Surgery of Parma, Italy, between 2003 and 2010. The Bozola flap was used in 19 patients. In most cases they had defects of the palate (n = 12). All flaps were harvested successfully and no major complications occurred. Minor complications were observed in two cases. At the end of the follow up all patients returned to a normal diet without alterations of speech and swallowing. We consider the Bozola flap the first choice for the reconstruction of defects involving the palate, the cheek and the postero-lateral tongue and floor of the mouth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-382
Number of pages4
JournalOral Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • Bozola flap
  • Buccal artery and vein
  • Mucosal defects
  • Musculomucosal flaps
  • Oral cavity defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cancer Research


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