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Alexandre Bozec, Pierre Demez, Jocelyn Gal, Emmanuel Chamorey, Marie-Yolande Louis, David Blanchard, Dominique De Raucourt, Jean-Claude Merol, Esteban Brenet, Olivier Dassonville, Gilles Poissonnet, José Santini, Frédéric Peyrade, Karen Benezery, Maria Lesnik, Etienne Berta, Pierre Ransy, Emmanuel Babin
OBJECTIVE: To assess long-term quality of life (QoL) and psycho-social outcomes, and to determine their predictive factors after oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) surgery and radial forearm free-flap (RFFF) reconstruction. METHODS: Patients who had undergone OPC surgery and RFFF reconstruction who were still alive and disease-free at least 1 year after surgery were enrolled in this prospective multicentric study. Patients completed the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Core (QLQ-C30) and Head and Neck Cancer (QLQ-H&N35) QoL questionnaires, the Voice Handicap Index (VHI-10) questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
D Pauchet, J-L Pigot, F Chabolle, C-A Bach
Free fibula transplant is routinely used for mandibular reconstruction in head and neck cancer. Dental rehabilitation, the objective of mandibular reconstruction, requires the use of dental implants as supports for fixed or removable dentures. Positioning of fibular bone grafts and implants determines implant osseointegration and the possibilities of dental rehabilitation. Prefabrication of a fibula free flap with dental implants prior to harvesting as a free flap can promote implant osseointegration. The position of the implants must then be precisely planned...
March 2, 2018: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Ting Zhou, Lei Zhang, Guowen Sun, Qingang Hu
The complex area for reconstruction of the head and the neck is the buccal because of difficult anatomy of this region. This article aimed to describe our individualized design for the reconstruction of the buccal using an different categories anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap. Ninety-four patients were involved in this study. Among 94cases, the number of using the musculocutaneous ALT flap was 57, using the fasciocutaneous ALT flap was 25, and using the thin ALT flap was 12. Postoperative vessel thrombosis occurred in 8 flaps, and required operative exploration in the perioperative period, 6 flaps were complete survival after the salvages, 2 flap was failure...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Leslie E Cohen, Kerry A Morrison, Erin Taylor, Julia Jin, Jason A Spector, Salvatore Caruana, Christine H Rohde
BACKGROUND: Traditional free flap reconstruction of complex intraoral defects often uses large lip-splitting incisions. To reduce morbidity and preserve aesthetics, we have adopted a more technically demanding visor technique obviating an incision through the lower lip through which the resection and reconstruction are performed. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of patients who underwent free flap reconstruction of intraoral defects over 7 years by a single plastic surgeon (C...
February 28, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Max J H Witjes, Rutger H Schepers, Joep Kraeima
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes the advances in 3D virtual planning for mandibular and maxillary reconstruction surgical defects with full prosthetic rehabilitation. The primary purpose is to provide an overview of various techniques that apply 3D technology safely in primary and secondary reconstructive cases of patients suffering from head and neck cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Methods have been developed to overcome the problem of control over the margin during surgery while the crucial decision with regard to resection margin and planning of osteotomies were predetermined by virtual planning...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Edward Ray
Head and neck reconstruction following surgical extirpative management of head and neck cancer requires critical assessment and meticulous correction of both aesthetic and functional deficits to optimize the physical and psychological well-being of the patient. Unique to head and neck cancers is the potential alteration of one's senses, breathing, speech, and swallowing functions, as well as overall head and neck aesthetics. When possible, tissue defects are replaced with similar tissues, though donor sites may be anatomically local, regional, or distant...
2018: Cancer Treatment and Research
Y Wu, B Zhang, Z Huang, Y Ruan, Z Huang
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical results of surgery for head and neck cancer (HNC) in elderly patients and to determine whether surgery for elderly HNC patients is safe and what types of surgery result in the most favourable outcomes for this age group. The cases of 637 elderly patients who were diagnosed with HNC and underwent surgical treatment were studied retrospectively. Patient demographic characteristics and treatment data were extracted from the appropriate patient records and analysed...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
J A LoGiudice, J G Yan, B L Massey, J Neilson, N Flugstad, J Mann
The anterolateral thigh flap (ALT) is a workhorse for a spectrum of reconstructive problems including head and neck defects. Its versatility as a chimeric flap employing a variety of soft tissues with a robust pedicle is useful for three-dimensional defects. The authors investigated the anatomical relationship between the vascular supply to the ALT and anterior femur. We studied 16 fresh cadaver limbs to identify the typical branching patterns to the femur off the descending branch of the lateral circumflex femoral artery...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Shawn T Joseph, B S Naveen, Mihir Mohan T, Jose Tharayil T
BACKGROUND: Restoring the anatomy and function of a partial laryngopharyngectomy with hemicricoid defect is an extremely challenging area in head and neck cancer surgery. Procedures such as tracheal autotransplantation described for these defects are complex and attempted in very few centers. Therefore, the purpose of this article was to share our technique of reconstructing such defects with tracheal advancement with myomucosal island flap for laryngopharyngeal defect (TAMMIL), which allows functional reconstruction of the larynx...
February 1, 2018: Head & Neck
Markus Lilja, Mari Markkanen-Leppänen, Sanna Viitasalo, Kauko Saarilahti, Andrew Lindford, Patrik Lassus, Antti Mäkitie
BACKGROUND: The senses of smell and taste can be adversely affected by both tumour- and treatment-related factors amongst head and neck cancer patients. The consequences may negatively impact nutritional status as well as quality of life in this patient population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective longitudinal follow-up study is consisted of 44 patients treated for oral cavity, oropharyngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer with tumour resection and microvascular free tissue transfer reconstruction at the Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland...
January 27, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Wan-Yu Hung, Cheng-Cheng Tung, Wan-Yun Fang, Wen-Pin Kao, Shih-Lung Lin, Yi Poon, Wai-Nang Chao
BACKGROUND: The incidence of skin cancer appearing on the head and neck areas is higher in elderly patients. Although free flap reconstruction is the mainstay after tumor excision, it is challenging to complete in elderly patients, owing to the high risk of complications and/or mortality rates associated with the use of general anesthesia. In this study, we used only local anesthesia in free tissue reconstruction of the head and neck in five elderly patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2013 to 2016, 5 elderly patients with high risk of general anesthesia underwent reconstruction with either anterolateral thigh free flaps or groin free flap under local anesthesia, after wide excision of malignant tumors at head and neck...
February 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Wei-Chen Chen, Kuo-Shu Hung, Szu-Han Chen, Shyh-Jou Shieh, Jing-Wei Lee, Jenn-Ren Hsiao, Yao-Chou Lee
BACKGROUND: Whether postoperative care in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a necessity for patients undergoing head and neck free flap reconstruction remains debatable. In August 2012, our institute initiated a policy to care for these patients in the ICU, opposed to the previous policy of care in the ward. Thus, we used this opportunity to compare outcomes between these 2 care approaches. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with oral cancer who underwent cancer ablation and immediate anterolateral thigh flap reconstruction from August 2010 to July 2014 were included in this retrospective study...
February 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Hsin-Ti Lai, Pao-Jen Kuo, Chih-Hau Chang, Chung-Sheng Lai, Sin-Daw Lin, Yur-Ren Kuo
BACKGROUND: Bulky appearance after free flap reconstruction in patients with head and neck cancer is common and requires revision to achieve improved final outcomes. Although different delayed debulking methods have been reported, the procedure can be technically difficult in patients with severe scaring after adjuvant radiotherapy. The present study proposes a combined method of liposuction and arthroscopic shaving for delayed contouring of free flaps in head and neck reconstruction...
February 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Ross Elledge, Satyesh Parmar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent literature on the subject of free tissue transfer options in paediatric head and neck surgery, with a particular emphasis on highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of different reconstructions in the paediatric patient. RECENT FINDINGS: Free tissue transfer in paediatric patients is predictable and applicable for a wide range of congenital and acquired defects in the head and neck. The free fibula flap is a mainstay of mandibular reconstruction and allows excellent implant-supported prosthodontic rehabilitation and growth potential at the recipient site with little or no donor site morbidity...
January 22, 2018: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
P Saenthaveesuk, S-E Zhang, G-S Zheng, Y-J Liang, Y-X Su, G-Q Liao
The medial upper arm has previously been proposed as a potential free flap donor site, but the clinical application of such flaps in head and neck reconstruction has not been popular. The preliminary results of the clinical application of medial upper arm free flaps in oral cavity reconstruction are reported here. Five patients with oral cancer underwent surgical resection and neck dissection, with simultaneous reconstruction using a medial upper arm free flap. Functional outcomes were investigated using the University of Washington Quality of Life Questionnaire...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
J Mark, H Patwa, M S Costello, Y Patil
BACKGROUND: The ablation of advanced head and neck cancer often results in large three-dimensional defects that require free tissue transfer to optimally address functional and cosmetic issues. The subscapular system is a highly versatile donor site for flaps used for head and neck reconstruction. Traditional methods of harvesting subscapular flaps require repositioning and re-preparing, which significantly increases the operative time and prevents simultaneous harvesting of the flap...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Yin Ren, Daniel G Deschler, Dipti Sajed, Marlene L Durand
BACKGROUND: Venous coupling devices are widely used during reconstructive surgery involving microvascular anastomosis but have not served as foreign bodies in head and neck surgical site infections. METHODS: We conducted a case report. RESULTS: A patient underwent resection and free flap reconstruction for recurrent tongue squamous cell carcinoma. She developed a neck abscess due to Streptococcus intermedius 7 weeks postoperatively, days after starting chemoradiotherapy...
January 12, 2018: Head & Neck
Rene D Largo, Jesse C Selber, Patrick B Garvey, Edward I Chang, Matthew M Hanasono, Peirong Yu, Charles E Butler, Donald P Baumann
BACKGROUND: Extensive flap salvage attempts are routinely performed in patients with late-onset flap vascular crisis despite low flap survival rates. A knowledge gap exists in management of compromised free flaps in patients who present with perfusion-related complications after hospital discharge. METHODS: A retrospective review of 7443 free flaps used in 7128 cancer patients at a single institution from January of 2001 to March of 2015 was performed. RESULTS: Of 7443 free flap reconstructions, 856 patients (12 percent) were taken back to the operating room...
January 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
J Navarrete, J Magliano, M Martínez, C Bazzano
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The primary goal of Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is to completely excise a cancerous lesion and a wide range of reconstructive techniques of varying complexity are used to close the resulting wound. In this study, we performed a descriptive analysis of patients who underwent MMS, with a focus on wound closure methods. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a bidirectional descriptive cohort analysis of all MMS procedures performed by a single surgeon between November 2013 and April 2016...
December 14, 2017: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
Jan-Falco Wilbrand, Daniel Schmermund, Michael Knitschke, Philipp Streckbein, Christopher Kähling, Heiko Kerkmann, Heidrun Schaaf, Hans-Peter Howaldt, Sebastian Böttger
OBJECTIVE: Resection of posteriorly located oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) remains challenging for head and neck surgeons. However, several surgical techniques, such as lip and mandibular splitting, as well as submental "visor drop-down" of intraoral soft tissues, have been proposed for this purpose. Merrick et al. suggested that a pedicled genial drop-down surgical approach should be used to resect dorsally located OSCCs. Our study investigated patient outcomes following this surgical procedure, as no previous study has analyzed long-term follow-up data...
February 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
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