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Versatile Grafts and Flaps in Reconstruction of Oral and Maxillofacial Postsurgical Defects

Madhumati Singh, Anjan Shah, Shouvik Chowdhury

Citation Information : Singh M, Shah A, Chowdhury S. Versatile Grafts and Flaps in Reconstruction of Oral and Maxillofacial Postsurgical Defects. Int J Head Neck Surg 2011; 2 (1):17-25.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1042

Published Online: 01-04-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Ablative surgery for head and neck tumors is associated with significant disfigurement and loss of function. The main aim of the surgeon is to provide functional ability and esthetics of the patient. Type and extent of tissue loss from surgery relates to loss of soft tissue and bone. Reconstructions of jaw and mouth defects represent a challenge to the surgeon and are most commonly indicated in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma.4 Primary closure and the restoration of form, cosmetics and function are the goals of reconstructive surgery. Various techniques have been practiced, including grafts, local flaps, regional flaps and free vascularized flaps even with diverse options, each one has its inherent advantages and shortcomings.

This article highlights our experiences with various reconstructive options, best possible reconstructive method to be followed to minimize morbidity of the patient.


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