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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 73-81

Versatility of locoregional flap for reconstruction in head and neck cancer surgery

1 Department of ENT and Head Neck Oncology, Government Cancer Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Preventive Oncology, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Mahendra I Katre
Department of ENT and Head Neck Oncology, Government Cancer Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ais.ais_27_17

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Head and neck cancers are major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In India, oral cancers account for approximately 30% of all new cases annually. Ablative surgery is the main stay of treatment, followed by reconstructive surgery. In the head and neck region, there is much concern about function and structural integrity and aesthetic look, and reconstructive surgery is challenging to achieve these. Microvascular surgery revolutionized oncoplastic reconstruction, but this requires great expertise even in tertiary cancer centers and is not possible many times due to long wait or patient's condition. Hence, locoregional pedicled flap has a role to play. This article attempts to share our experience and review our current understanding about reconstruction in different subsites in the head and neck region with locoregional pedicled flaps.

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