Current Options and Controversies in Reconstruction of the Oral Cavity

  • Ravi Sachidananda
  • S. Mark Taylor
Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


Reconstruction of oral defects has always posed a challenge to the reconstructive surgeon. The ever-increasing complexity of the defects, the need for restoring form and function, and changing treatment philosophies have increased the complexity of reconstruction. Reconstructive options have evolved significantly over the past three decades. In the 1980s, pedicle flaps were the mainstay of reconstruction. However, with the introduction of free flaps, reconstructive options have increased. Technological advances and improved experience with free flaps have enhanced the success rate to 95–100 % [1, 2]. Refinements in flap insetting and advances in other related specialties have led to an overall better quality of life for the patient. This chapter summarizes the current reconstructive options and discusses the major controversies in oral reconstruction.


Free Flap Pedicled Flap Skin Paddle Radial Forearm Flap Pectoralis Major Myocutaneous Flap 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Head & Neck Surgery and Microvascular ReconstructionQE2 HSC, VG SiteHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeryQE2 HSC, VG SiteHalifaxCanada

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