The two-handed template for planning fibular free flap reconstruction of the head and neck

C. Burton Wood, Austin Y. Ha, Sidharth V. Puram, Ryan S. Jackson, Patrik Pipkorn

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Abstract

Fibular free flap reconstruction of head and neck defects is complex, and the anatomic relationships among components of the fibular flap pose challenges to reconstructive surgeons. Various techniques have been employed in planning for fibular free flap procedures, but these are often cumbersome and difficult to implement in clinically. We devised a simplistic tool for pre-operative leg selection, wherein the surgeon uses two hands to represent the various components of the fibular flap. The senior author has used this method to aid in leg selection for fibular free flaps. In all cases, utilization of this technique allowed for appropriate leg selection relative to the location of the vascular pedicle and posterior crural septum. The two-handed template for fibular free flap reconstruction is a simple, reproducible, and affordable tool that can aid reconstructive surgeons when they are planning to use a fibular flap.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-299
Number of pages4
JournalHead and Neck
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • free flap
  • mandible
  • maxilla
  • microvascular reconstruction

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