Maxillary reconstruction with a double-barrel osteocutaneous fibular flap and arteriovenous saphenous loop after a globe-sparing total maxillectomy—A Case Report

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Maxillary reconstruction using titanium mesh or bone grafts can invite unwanted complications, such as graft resorption, infection, and mesh exposure, especially for patients who require postoperative radiotherapy. Here, we reported a 58-year-old male patient who was diagnosed with maxillary sinus squamous cell carcinoma. The patient received cancer ablation by a globe-sparing total maxillectomy and was immediately reconstructed with a double-barrel osteocutaneous fibular flap to simultaneously restore the alveolar ridge, orbital support, and oro-sinonasal separation. The short pedicle length inherent in the double-barrel design of the fibular flap and the depletion of healthy recipient vessels in the midface after cancer ablation were overcome by creating an arteriovenous saphenous loop in the neck region. Though there was venous congestion on postoperative day 2, the postoperative recovery was uneventful after the revision of the venous anastomoses. During the 6-months follow-up, the outcome was functionally and aesthetically satisfactory. We believe that the double-barrel fibular osteocutaneous flap, which avoids using titanium mesh and bone grafts, may be a viable reconstructive option in cancer patients with globe-sparing total maxillectomy defects, especially for those who require postoperative radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-338
Number of pages5
JournalMicrosurgery
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1

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Titanium
Transplants
Radiotherapy
Alveolar Process
Bone and Bones
Neoplasms
Maxillary Sinus
Hyperemia
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Neck
Infection

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