Retrospective analysis and clinical evaluation of mandible reconstruction with free fibula flap

Retrospective analysis and clinical evaluation of mandible reconstruction with free fibula flap The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the indications for and the functional and cosmetic results of mandible reconstruction using free vascularized fibular flaps. It was also designed to assess the patients’ quality of life, daily activities, and self-esteem, with special emphasis on patient satisfaction. We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent osseus or osteocutaneous free flap reconstruction of the mandible over a 10-year period (1992–2002). Those in whom a vascularized fibular flap was used were included in the study and invited for a follow-up comprehensive physical examination and x-ray evaluation. A questionnaire was also administered to evaluate patient satisfaction. Twenty-six patients were included in the study. Fourteen patients died after an average of 2 years and 9 months postoperatively due to their prognosis despite surgical intervention and adjuvant therapy. Of the remaining 12 patients, 6 appeared for the follow-up evaluation, 2 were unavailable for follow-up, and 4 denied participating. Of these 6 patients, all experienced a decrease in pain and were satisfied with their results. At the time of the latest follow-up, they experienced some difficulties swallowing, and in 3 patients, their articulation was impaired. All 6 patients would undergo the procedure again. Reconstruction of the mandible using a vascularized fibular graft produces satisfactory functional and cosmetic results. In benign lesions, the procedure is highly indicated. However, in the case of malignancy, most patients do not survive their primary tumor. Given the patients limited life expectancy, the improvement in their quality of life as a result of the improved appearance and function of the reconstructed mandible needs to be weighed against the potential morbidity of the operative intervention on an individual basis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Retrospective analysis and clinical evaluation of mandible reconstruction with free fibula flap

Loading next page...
 
/lp/springer_journal/retrospective-analysis-and-clinical-evaluation-of-mandible-u2wvns06nC
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-006-0081-y
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

References

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches

$49/month

Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.

$588

$360/year

billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial