The anterolateral thigh flap in head and neck reconstruction: "pearls and pitfalls".

Shaw, Richard J., Batstone, Martin D., Blackburn, Tim K. and Brown, James S. (2010) The anterolateral thigh flap in head and neck reconstruction: "pearls and pitfalls".. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 48 1: 5-10. doi:10.1016/j.bjoms.2009.07.026


Author Shaw, Richard J.
Batstone, Martin D.
Blackburn, Tim K.
Brown, James S.
Title The anterolateral thigh flap in head and neck reconstruction: "pearls and pitfalls".
Journal name British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-4356
1532-1940
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.bjoms.2009.07.026
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 10
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap has found a permanent and highly valued place in head and neck reconstruction because of its versatility, two-team method of operating, and favourable donor site. The principal disadvantages are related to unpredictable vascular anatomy and the need to meticulously dissect the perforator. With these issues in mind we present a series of practical "pearls and pitfalls". Our experience has not only given us more confidence to use this flap in an increasing variety of defects, but also given us a new perspective on the applicability of chimeric flaps and perforator techniques in a wide range of donor sites.
Keyword Anterolateral thigh
Free flap
Head and neck
Perforator
Reconstruction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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