Free-flap microvascular surgery of the head and neck is now an accepted reconstructive technique. Optimal reconstruction of both function and form are achieved in selected patients by this method. We describe our experience with free-flap reconstruction of head and neck defects in 13 patients. In 5 oncologic patients reconstruction was immediate, while in 8 other oncologic and trauma patients it was delayed. The free rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap was used most often. 3 flaps required revision, but only 1 failed.
|Pages (from-to)||448-453, 507|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1992|