Locoregional Flaps in Oncoreconstruction at a Tertiary Cancer Centre in North East India: a Review Through a Plastic Surgeon’s Eye


Local flaps are important parts of oncoreconstruction. The idea of writing this article is to give knowledge to my fellow aspiring plastic surgeons about the common locoregional flaps that are essentially done in a tertiary cancer centre. This is a retrospective study carried out in the Department of Plastic Surgery, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, from May 2018 to April 2019. Musculoskeletal and soft tissue, head and neck and thorax and gynaecological malignancies which required locoregional flaps for reconstruction were taken up for the study. Flap reconstructions performed by oncosurgeons are not included in the study. We have done a total of 74 locoregional reconstructions during this 12-month period apart from 43 free tissue transfers. In our study, age ranged from 12 to 84 years. Most commonly performed flap during this time was pectoralis major myocutaneous flap. Complications of various flaps were assessed. Out of the 74 flaps, total necrosis of one flap occurred, and re-surgery was required in one case. Most of the oncosurgeons have a good idea of locoregional reconstructions in cancer centres. In such centres, the need of plastic surgeon for locoregional reconstruction is mainly for complex reconstructions and unfamiliar anatomic locations, for second flap after initial local flap failure or after free flap–related complications.

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Boro, S.S., Das, A.K., Purakayastha, J. et al. Locoregional Flaps in Oncoreconstruction at a Tertiary Cancer Centre in North East India: a Review Through a Plastic Surgeon’s Eye. Indian J Surg Oncol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13193-020-01151-1

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  • Local flap,
  • Oncoreconstruction,
  • Plastic surgeon