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Sanna L Lahtinen, Janne H Liisanantti, Meri M Poukkanen, Päivi A Laurila
BACKGROUND: Goal-directed fluid management using stroke volume variation (SVV) analysis is not well studied in free flap reconstruction surgery in patients with head and neck cancer. METHODS: Patients operated due to cancer of the head and neck with free flap reconstruction during 2008-2010 and 2012-2014 in Oulu University Hospital were retrospectively evaluated to determine the impact of SVV-guided fluid management on perioperative fluid balance, postoperative complications and hospital length of stay (LOS)...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Dane J Genther, Andrew T Day, Kanika Rana, Jeremy D Richmon
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October 18, 2016: Laryngoscope
Senthil Murugan, Reena Rachel John, V B Krihnakumar Raja, Ajay Mohan, Lokesh Bhanumurthy
INTRODUCTION: Successful outcome of any vascularised free flap basically depends upon the successful restoration of circulation in the flap after anastomosis. As the flap ischemic time is the significant factor which determines the outcome of any free flaps, due consideration is given to reduce the time for anastomosis for reperfusion. The present study compares and evaluates whether the usage of microvascular couplers with the conventional suturing reduce the ischemic time of the free flaps...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Soung Min Kim, Emmanuel K Amponsah, Hui Young Kim, Ik Jae Kwon, Hoon Myoung, Jong Ho Lee
: Ameloblastoma is the most common benign odontogenic tumor of the jaw, and expansional growth of a huge untreated ameloblastoma can result in disturbances in facial aesthetics and function, such as difficulty with mouth opening, swallowing, chewing, breathing, neurologic deficits, and pathologic fractures. Radical wide resection with safety margins and subsequent reconstruction is generally recommended. A fibular free flap (FFF) is commonly used to reconstruct the mandible in order to adequately restore both aesthetic appearance and function...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Garrett C Lowe, Oluwakemi Onajin, Christian L Baum, Clark C Otley, Christopher J Arpey, Randall K Roenigk, Jerry D Brewer
BACKGROUND: Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a soft tissue tumor with slow infiltrative growth and local recurrence if inadequately excised. OBJECTIVE: To compare long-term outcomes after Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) and wide local excision (WLE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Records of patients with DFSP surgically treated with WLE or MMS from January 1955 through March 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Mean follow-up for patients treated with MMS (n = 67) and WLE (n = 91) was 4...
October 4, 2016: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Marine Hitier, Jean-Luc Cracowski, Cynthia Hamou, Christian Righini, Georges Bettega
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the feasibility and the tolerance of repeated fluorescent indocyanine green angiography in free flap monitoring, and determined the intraoperative predictive values of flap vitality. BACKGROUND: The free flap failure rate has been significantly reduced, but free flap loss still occurs and remains a costly disaster. Repeated clinical examinations are commonly used for flap monitoring, but they can be unreliable because of their subjectivity...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
So-Eun Han, Eun-Ji Kim, Hyun Hwan Sung, Jai-Kyong Pyon
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of extensive penoscrotal defects is a surgical challenge. Resurfacing defects in highly complex three-dimensional structures and restoring their function are an essential part of the reconstruction of penoscrotal regions. OBJECTIVE: We describe a technique using internal pudendal artery perforator (IPAP) pedicled propeller flaps created from the gluteal fold. This could be a reliable surgical option that maintains a natural looking scrotal pouch with minimal donor site morbidity and optimal sexual activity...
October 12, 2016: European Urology
Samuel Golpanian, David J Gerth, Jun Tashiro, Seth R Thaller
INTRODUCTION: Conventionally, free transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (fTRAM) flap breast reconstruction has been associated with decreased donor site morbidity and improved flap inset. However, clinical success depends upon more sophisticated technical expertise and facilities. This study aims to characterize postoperative outcomes undergoing free versus pedicled TRAM (pTRAM) flap breast reconstruction. METHODS: Nationwide inpatient sample database (2008-2011) was reviewed for cases of fTRAM (ICD-9-CM 85...
October 14, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Thomas Mücke, Christian R Krestan, David A Mitchell, Jan S Kirschke, Arno Wutzl
For patients with malignant disease taking bisphosphonates and denosumab, the incidence of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is up to 15% in contrast to 0.01% in patients with osteoporosis. Clinical presentation of MRONJ extends from asymptomatic exposure of bone in 94% of patients to severe cases of mandibular fractures in a minority of 4.5%. The strongest risk factors for MRONJ are invasive dental procedures and dental infections. Advances in imaging provide more preoperation information compared with panoramic radiograph...
July 2016: Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Woo Young Choi, Ki Wook Sung, Young Seok Kim, Jong Won Hong, Tai Suk Roh, Dae Hyun Lew, Jong Hee Chang, Kyu Sung Lee
Skull base reconstruction is a challenging task. The method depends on the anatomical complexity and size of the defect. We obtained tissue by harvesting fat-containing perifascial areolar tissue (PAT) for reconstruction of limited skull base defects and volume augmentation. We demonstrated the effective option for reconstruction of limited skull base defects and volume augmentation. From October 2013 to November 2015, 5 patients underwent operations using fat-containing PAT to fill the defect in skull base and/or perform volume replacement in the forehead...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Shimpei Miyamoto, Masahide Fujiki, Fumihiko Nakatani, Eisuke Kobayashi, Masanobu Sakisaka, Minoru Sakuraba
BACKGROUND: Complex groin defects after sarcoma resection require reconstruction of multiple vital structures that can include the major vessels, the overlying skin, the abdominal wall, and the hip joint. We investigated the feasibility of limb preservation after complex groin reconstruction. METHODS: The subjects were 12 consecutive patients who underwent complex groin reconstruction after sarcoma resection. In all patients, the defect included a major artery (external iliac or femoral) and overlying skin...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Joseph C Dort, D Gregory Farwell, Merran Findlay, Gerhard F Huber, Paul Kerr, Melissa A Shea-Budgell, Christian Simon, Jeffrey Uppington, David Zygun, Olle Ljungqvist, Jeffrey Harris
Importance: Head and neck cancers often require complex, labor-intensive surgeries, especially when free flap reconstruction is required. Enhanced recovery is important in this patient population but evidence-based protocols on perioperative care for this population are lacking. Objective: To provide a consensus-based protocol for optimal perioperative care of patients undergoing head and neck cancer surgery with free flap reconstruction. Evidence Review: Following endorsement by the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society to develop this protocol, a systematic review was conducted for each topic...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
R Pellini, A De Virgilio, G Mercante, B Pichi, V Manciocco, P Marchesi, F Ferreli, G Spriano
In the last decade, the antero-lateral thigh free flap (ALT) has become the most popular free flap for tongue reconstruction because of less donor site morbidity and better cosmetic outcomes. However, fascio-cutaneous ALT may be insufficient to reconstruct major tongue defects, while its muscular-cutaneous variant (using the vastus lateralis muscle) may be too bulky. The present study describes our preliminary experience of tongue reconstruction with vastus lateralis myofascial flap, which could potentially offer unique advantages in head and neck reconstruction including adequate bulk when needed, optimal functional results and obliteration of dead space thus preventing fistulas and infections with minimal morbidity...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Rosaria Laporta, Matteo Atzeni, Benedetto Longo, Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo
This study reports a unique 10 years follow-up case of a patient who underwent a free fillet of sole flap for left leg stump coverage and free dorsalis pedis flap for soft tissue reconstruction of contralateral popliteal fossa following severe bilateral lower leg injury.
2016: Case Reports in Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery
Panagiotis A Dimitriadis, Matthew R Farr, Ahmed Allam, Jaydip Ray
BACKGROUND: Bone conduction devices are widely used and indicated in cases of conductive, mixed or single sided deafness where conventional hearing aids are not indicated or tolerated. Percutaneous bone-conduction devices gave satisfactory hearing outcomes but were frequently complicated by soft tissue reactions. Transcutaneous bone conduction devices were developed in order to address some of the issues related to the skin-penetrating abutment. The aim of this article is to present a systematic review of the indications, surgical technique and audiological, clinical and functional outcomes of the BAHA Attract device reported so far...
2016: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Jordan J Allensworth, Scott H Troob, Tyler S Weaver, Javier D Gonzalez, Daniel Petrisor, Mark K Wax
OBJECTIVE: Acute invasive fungal sinusitis (AIFS) is a frequently fatal infection for which extensive and debilitating surgical debridement is a mainstay of therapy. Resulting defects are often composite in nature, mandating free tissue-transfer reconstruction. Outcomes data for free flap reconstruction are limited. The purpose of this study was to examine surgical outcomes and survival in patients undergoing free flap transfer following invasive fungal sinusitis. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
October 12, 2016: Laryngoscope
Mara C Modest, Eric J Moore, Kathryn M Van Abel, Jeffrey R Janus, John R Sims, Daniel L Price, Kerry D Olsen
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Discuss current techniques utilizing the scapular tip and subscapular system for free tissue reconstruction of maxillary defects and highlight the impact of medical modeling on these techniques with a case series. STUDY DESIGN: Case review series at an academic hospital of patients undergoing maxillectomy + thoracodorsal scapula composite free flap (TSCF) reconstruction. Three-dimensional (3D) models were used in the last five cases. METHODS: 3D modeling, surgical, functional, and aesthetic outcomes were reviewed...
October 12, 2016: Laryngoscope
Michael A Rothfuss, Nicholas G Franconi, Jignesh V Unadkat, Michael L Gimbel, Alexander Star, Marlin H Mickle, Ervin Sejdic
Current totally implantable wireless blood flow monitors are large and cannot operate alongside nearby monitors. To alleviate the problems with the current monitors, we developed a system to monitor blood flow wirelessly, with a simple and easily interpretable real-time output. To the best of our knowledge, the implanted electronics are the smallest in reported literature, which reduces bio-burden. Calibration was performed across realistic physiological flow ranges using a syringe pump. The device's sensors connected directly to the bilateral femoral veins of swine...
2016: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Eyituoyo Okoturo
INTRODUCTION: Mandibular defect reconstruction is extremely important to achieving an improved quality of life of patients as this bony defect influences facial harmony and aesthetics. Reconstruction of mandibular defects at our centre comprises use of reconstruction plate, non-vascularised anterior iliac crest graft and vascularised fibula flap. Despite the large mandibular defect recorded in our developing environment, non-vascularised iliac crest graft continues to play a role in its exclusive use for lateral mandibular defects...
October 10, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Tommy Wilkman, Satu Apajalahti, Erika Wilkman, Jyrki Törnwall, Patrik Lassus
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to compare the resorption of the bone in the free scapular, free iliac crest, and free fibular microvascular flaps in mandibular reconstruction over time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the present retrospective study, we analyzed 186 consecutive patients with scapular, fibular, or deep circumflex iliac artery (DCIA) osseous free microvascular flaps in mandibular reconstruction. We followed up the patients clinically and using multislice computed tomography (MSCT) with volume analyses of the bone...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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