Our experience with 9 patients who have undergone reconstruction with free flap transfers following resection of squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck area is presented. The dorsalis pedis flap was used in 3 patients, the iliofemoral (groin) flap in 4, and the latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap in 2. Four patients had received preoperative irradiation and 5 received postoperative irradiation. Despite minor partial flap necrosis in 3 patients and the development of oral cutaneous fistulas in 2, all the flaps were successful in providing the necessary coverage. Reoperation in 1 patient was necessary because of thrombosis of the venous anastomosis.
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