Even with excellent results in microsurgical free flap surgery, the reported overall complication rates still range from 17.2% to 52.8%. Among these complications, venous thrombosis has been recognized as one of the most severe. This condition can be treated by various surgical and non-surgical methods. Two cases of a fibula osseofasciocutaneous free flap reconstruction for head and neck cancer complicated by venous thrombosis at anastomotic sites are reported. This was successfully salvaged by Fogarty venous catheter thrombectomy followed by re-anastomosis.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 1, 2008
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