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BACKGROUND : Pharyngoesophageal defects traditionally have been reconstructed using a jejunal or radial forearm flap. In 2002, the authors began using the anterolateral thigh flap for pharyngoesophageal reconstruction, and it has become our preferred method. The purpose of this study was to analyze the clinical and functional outcomes achieved using this(More)
BACKGROUND The authors prospectively evaluated the efficacy of lymphovenous bypass in patients with lymphedema secondary to cancer treatment. METHODS The authors prospectively enrolled 100 consecutive patients with extremity lymphedema secondary to cancer treatment. Sixty-five patients underwent lymphovenous bypass with indocyanine green fluorescent(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To evaluate the use of computer-assisted design and rapid prototype modeling to improve the speed and accuracy of mandibular reconstruction. STUDY DESIGN Case-control study. METHODS Between 2005 and 2011, 38 subjects underwent fibula free flap mandibular reconstruction using computer-assisted design and rapid prototype modeling.(More)
Microvascular reconstruction of head and neck defects can be extremely challenging in patients with a history of prior neck dissection and/or irradiation. We reviewed of 261 head and neck free flaps performed between 2004 and 2007 at a tertiary cancer center. One hundred twenty-four (52%) free flaps were performed in patients with a history of prior neck(More)
We performed microvascular free muscle flaps on 5 patients using the vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) device (KCI, San Antonio, TX) to secure a split-thickness skin graft to the external surface of the flap in each case. This method of skin-graft fixation was selected in each case because of the complex 3-dimensional shape of the flap or because of concerns of(More)
BACKGROUND Palatal obturators and microvascular free flaps are both used to treat patients with maxillectomy defects, however, the optimal technique remains controversial. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 113 patients undergoing maxillectomy for cancer was performed. Seventy-three patients received an obturator and 40 patients were reconstructed with a(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To evaluate reconstructive outcomes following oncologic temporal bone resection. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective review. METHODS Subjects consisted of 117 patients undergoing temporal bone resection and reconstruction between 2000 and 2010. Reconstructive outcomes, including results following facial nerve repair, were analyzed. (More)
Reconstruction of a critical size bone defect in the head and neck after trauma or tumor resection remains challenging. While certain defects, such as isolated orbital floor fractures, may be reconstructed with alloplastic biomaterials, larger defects or those involving load bearing bones usually require autologous tissue reconstruction. Vascularized bone(More)
BACKGROUND Although the fibula free flap is preferred for bony head and neck reconstruction, donor-site morbidity remains a concern. The authors' goal was to evaluate potential risk factors for complications and whether the type of wound closure and timing of postoperative ambulation had an effect on the development of short- and long-term morbidities. (More)
BACKGROUND The authors' goal was to develop an updated and comprehensive algorithm for skull base reconstruction based on data from the 10-year period following their initial report. METHODS Reconstructive outcomes were analyzed from 250 patients undergoing skull base reconstruction from 2000 to 2009. RESULTS Thirty-nine local or regional pedicled flap(More)