This paper reports the free dorsalis pedis flap as a fasciocutaneous and osteocutaneous flap in oromandibular reconstruction. The authors present a 7-year series of nine patients with squamous cell carcinoma of oral cavity with extensive soft tissue/soft tissue and bone defect in whom this flap was used for intraoral reconstruction. The free fasciocutaneous flap (two neurosensate) was used in eight patients, and in one patient, a free osteocutaneous flap was required. The follow-up period ranged from 2 and 7 years. No ischemic flap complications occurred and a good anatomical and functional reconstruction was achieved in the majority of patients. There was no significant donor area functional disability. One death occurred in the early post-operative period due to multi-organic failure and four deaths in the follow-up period due to recurrence of the oncological disease. The dorsalis pedis free flap was found to be a good alternative tool for reconstruction of the anterior floor of mouth defects (including marginal mandibular defects). This was also used for anterolateral intraoral soft tissue defects. The donor area morbidity is not problem-free, but with good planning and careful flap dissection, it is possible to minimize the sequelae to a very acceptable level.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 1, 2010
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