The concentration in a restricted area such as the oral cavity of the essential anatomic structures for mastication, deglutition, speech, salivary drainage and respiration makes it indispensable to ensure not only the structural reconstruction of the region but also, and above all, a functional reconstruction of the anatomic unit affected by resection. The use of revascularised flaps has extended both the quantity and quality of reconstructive methods available. In the context of the oral cavity the most widely used flaps are the radial forearm free flap and jejunum free flap. In this paper the authors report their personal experience in a group of 13 patients (6 radial forearm and 7 jejunum) undergoing oral cavity reconstruction using free flap. For each flap the authors describe the microsurgical procedure, the clinical characteristics of the post-operative period, the locoregional complications, the donor site and lastly the long-term clinical, anatomopathological and functional modifications 6-12 months after primary treatment. Moreover, they highlight the varying characteristics of the two flaps and make a critical assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of using one or other method. Lastly, in the light of their experience and a review of international literature, the authors underline the importance of making a careful choice and personalized reconstruction, and finally outline their own criteria of choice.
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|Titolo:||Reconstruction of the oral cavity: the free radial forearm flap versus the free jejunal flap [Ricostruzione del cavo orale: lembo libero di radiale versus lembo libero di digiuno.]|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1995|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|