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June, 2018, Vol. 20, No. 2



Microsurgical reconstruction of oral defects with free flaps for patients with oral cancer: an 8 year experience with 153 consecutive cases
Kalvis Pastars, Janis Zarins, Juris Tars, Anna Ivanova, Andrejs Skagers

Influence of glass fibre post cementation depth on dental root fracture
Miglė Jakubonytė, Kęstutis Česaitis, Jonas Junevičius

Epidemiology of primary oral cancer diagnostics in Kaunas
Rokas Gelažius, Albinas Gervickas, Ričardas Kubilius


PEEK polymer’s properties and its use in prosthodontics. A review
Gediminas Skirbutis, Agnė Dzingutė, Viltė Masiliūnaitė, Gabrielė Šulcaitė, Juozas Žilinskas


Maxillofacial Radiographic study of Gardner’s syndrome presenting with odontogenic myxoma: A rare case report
Loutfi Salti, Michael Rasse, Khaled Al-ouf

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Microsurgical reconstruction of oral defects with free flaps for patients with oral cancer: an 8 year experience with 153 consecutive cases

Kalvis Pastars1, Janis Zarins1, Juris Tars2, Anna Ivanova3, Andrejs Skagers4


Objective. Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a common type of cancer affecting people worldwide, with still large proportion of patients diagnosed with the disease in the advanced stage. Due to free vascularised tissue transfers, radical cancer treatment and immediate reconstruction are feasible as a one-stage procedure. The aim of this paper is to evaluate retrospectively our experience with free flap reconstruction of oral defects for patients with oral malignancies in advanced stages.

Material and Methods. During the 8-year period, 153 patients with oral cancer had undergone simultaneous extirpation of tumor with or without suspicious lymph node removal and reconstruction of the defect with free flap. A total of 157 free-flap reconstructions had been performed for 153 patients. Accordingly, 116 patients had reconstruction of oral soft tissue defect, but 37 patients had complex soft tissue and bone defect reconstruction.

Results. 132 patients had successful free flap surgery with uneventful post surgery period. Flap success rate was 96.8%. Donors site was closed primarily in 58 cases, skin graft was used in 102 cases. Five patients (3.2%) died during post surgery period. Average hospital stay was 20,5 days (from 8 till 44 days). There was no statistically significant correlation found between the patient’s age and hospital stay, but hospital stay increased with tumor size (p>0.05).

Conclusion. The application of the best possible reconstruction method that contributes to the fulfillment of expectations and provision of a good functional and esthetical result is enabled by setting proper, realistic reconstruction goals. Microvascular reconstruction with free flaps for oral defects is a safe method with a very high success rate (96.8%).

Key words: oral cancer, oral reconstruction, free flap.

Received: 26 06 2017

Accepted for publishing: 25 06 2018

1Microsurgery Centre of Latvia, Riga East University Hospital, Riga, Latvia

2Department of Head and Neck Oncology, Latvian Oncology Centre, Riga East University Hospital, Riga, Latvia

3Department of Maxillo Facial Surgery, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia

4Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia


Address correspondence to Kalvis Pastars, Microsurgery Centre of Latvia, Riga East University Hospital, Brivibas gatve 410, Riga, LV-1024, Latvia.

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