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BACKGROUND The authors retrospectively reviewed their experience over the past 5 years with reconstructions of hypopharyngeal defects using anterolateral thigh flaps. The purpose of the study was to present a modified classification of defects, the method and tips used, and outcomes and morbidities. METHODS From 2002 to 2007, 55 anterolateral thigh flaps(More)
BACKGROUND The three commonly used free flaps for circumferential pharyngeal reconstruction after total pharyngo-laryngectomy are the radial forearm flap (RFF), the anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap, and the jejunum flap. This study was to objectively compare three different flaps for pharyngeal reconstruction during the past 10 years. Stricture and fistula(More)
Patients with advanced head and neck cancers require reconstruction with a double free flap, but in some situations, it is extremely difficult to attain the ideal set of recipient vessels for these patients. The patients were divided into two groups: group 1 had one recipient vessel; group 2 had two recipient vessels. Fifty-five patients were enrolled(More)
For buried flaps in the head and neck, direct monitoring of the flap can be extremely difficult. The authors report their experience with 22 patients who underwent pharyngoesophageal reconstruction using an anterolateral thigh (ALT) fasciocutaneous perforator flap with a design that addresses the concerns of buried flap monitoring. This is an observational(More)
BACKGROUND Salivary contamination of surgical wounds in clean-contaminated head and neck surgery with free flap reconstruction remains a major cause of infection and leads to significant morbidity. This study investigates the correlation between intraoral flora and surgical site infections (SSIs) among high-risk head and neck cancer patients undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND Perforator-based fasciocutaneous flaps for reconstructing pressure sores can achieve good functional results with acceptable donor site complications in the short-term. Recurrence is a difficult issue and a major concern in plastic surgery. In this study, we introduce a reusable perforator-preserving gluteal artery-based rotation flap for(More)
To assess the feasibility of remote management of extremity wound by using a mobile camera phone to transfer clinical images and online communication, teleconsultations were carried out on 60 patients between January and August 2003 for 82 extremity wounds presented to the emergency room between residents and consultant plastic surgeons. A questionnaire(More)
INTRODUCTION Free jejunal flap is one of the optimal choices for restoring upper digestive tract. The purpose of this study was to introduce the treatment strategies and to compare the outcomes of free jejunal flap for pharyngoesophageal reconstruction between hypopharyngeal cancer and chemical corrosive injured esophagus. METHODS From 2001 to 2012,(More)
BACKGROUND Pressure sore reconstruction remains a significant challenge for plastic surgeons due to its high postoperative complication and recurrence rates. Free-style perforator flap, fasciocutaeous flap, and musculocutaneous flap are the most common options in pressure sore reconstructions. Our study compared the postoperative complications among these(More)
We tested the hypothesis that clopidogrel and cilostazol combination therapy could effectively attenuate systemic inflammatory reaction, facilitate proliferation of circulating endothelial progenitor cell (EPC), and improve the clinical outcomes of critical limb ischemia (CLI) in patients unsuitable for surgical revascularization or percutaneous(More)