The posterior tibial artery free flap for head and neck reconstruction

Alexandra E. Kejner

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Abstract

PurposeThe posterior tibial artery free flap (PTAFF) has been a mainstay of lower extremity reconstruction. Over the past 30 years, it has been intermittently used for head and neck reconstruction with recent renewed interest given its versatility.Recent findingsUse of the PTAFF in head and neck reconstruction is expanding along with the continued evolution of microvascular techniques. Differences in overall health, incidence of smoking, and body habitus can impact the utility of this flap and should be taken into consideration when choosing to use it.SummaryThe PTAFF for head and neck reconstruction is a useful tool for the head and neck/reconstructive surgeon. Understanding the potential pitfalls and caveats to use of the PTAFF is important for successful use of this versatile flap.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-362
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Prior research grant from Vioptix, Inc.; completed 2021.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • head and neck reconstruction
  • microvascular anastomosis
  • posterior tibial free flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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