Management of Unfavorable Outcomes in Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction: Experience-Based Lessons from the MD Anderson Cancer Center

Edward I. Chang, Matthew M. Hanasono, Charles E. Butler

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Abstract

Complex head and neck reconstruction often mandates free tissue transfer to achieve the most optimal outcomes. Unfortunately, such challenging cases are not without risks of complications, the most dreaded of which is loss of the free flap. Aside from loss of the free flap, there are several other potential complications that can result following head and neck reconstruction. Certain complications are avoided with careful planning, others require significant revisions and in certain cases another free flap. This article presents the experience managing a series of unique complications following free flap head and neck reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-667
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Complications
  • Free flap loss
  • Head and neck free flap
  • Microsurgery
  • Surgical flaps
  • Thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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