Clinical reliability of radial forearm free flap in repair of buccal defects
1 Department of Oromaxillofacial-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Stomatology, China Medical University, No. 117, Nanjing North Street, Heping District, 110002, Shenyang, Liaoning, People’s Republic of China
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Stomatology, China Medical University, No. 117, Nanjing North Street, Heping District, 110002, Shenyang, Liaoning, People’s Republic of China
World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2013, 11:26 doi:10.1186/1477-7819-11-26Published: 30 January 2013
The ideal method for buccal defects should provide good outcome of both function and appearance; our goal is to highlight the reliability of radial forearm flap in buccal reconstruction.
A retrospective study was conducted. From 2005 to 2012, 20 radial forearm flaps were used to repair the defects. We analyzed the superiority and reliability of the flap; in addition, we reviewed some related literature and made a comparison between radial forearm flap and platysma flap.
All radial forearm flaps totally survived, but two flaps suffered venous obstruction, hematoma, respectively. Radial forearm flap preserved the original interincisal distance well. In our follow-up, all patients had sufficient mouth-opening width (mean: 4.3 cm).
Radial forearm flap is a reliable method for buccal defect reconstruction.