Reconstruction of Post-Traumatic Maxillary Ridges Using a Radial Forearm Free Flap and Allogeneic Tissue-Engineered Bone Grafts

  • James C. MelvilleEmail author
  • Huy Q. Tran
  • Jonathan W. Shum
  • Ramzey Tursun
  • Robert E. Marx


Post-traumatic maxillary alveolar ridge defect presents a unique reconstructive challenge due to the lack of soft tissue volume that is required for traditional bone graft techniques. In addition, the curvilinear shape and relatively small-sized defect make osteocutaneous free flap such as the fibula an approach that is excessive and difficult for a good cosmetic outcome. With an effort to minimize surgical morbidities, reduce length of hospital stay, and maximize esthetic result, we turn to a novel technique that utilizes a combination of bone tissue engineering and radial forearm free flap for reconstruction of maxillary ridge defect. The concept of bone tissue engineering satisfies all three basic principles of osteoregeneration for a successful graft. The application of a versatile soft tissue free flap such as the radial forearm serves to maximize the volume gain and limit failure rate of the graft, as well as producing excellent esthetic outcome.


Oral surgery Maxillofacial surgery Ridge augmentation Stem cells BMP BMAC Free flap Radial forearm flap Maxillary reconstruction Maxillofacial trauma Regeneration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Melville
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Huy Q. Tran
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jonathan W. Shum
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ramzey Tursun
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert E. Marx
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryUniversity of Texas Health Sciences Center at HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oral and Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Surgery, School of DentistryUniversity of Texas Health Sciences Center at HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.University of Miami, Jackson Memorial HospitalMiamiUSA
  4. 4.University of Miami, Jackson Memorial HospitalMiamiUSA

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