Free flap reconstructions in the management of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Fifty patients who had undergone microvascular free flap reconstruction of the oral cavity or pharynx for malignancy between 1989 and 1995 were retrospectively analysed to find factors predicting postoperative complications and outcomes. The mean follow-up time was 2.6 years. More than half (26/50) of the patients had a stage IV malignancy and 10 patients… (More)