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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery|
|State||Published - Oct 1 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Prior research grant from Vioptix, Inc.; completed 2021.
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- head and neck reconstruction
- microvascular anastomosis
- posterior tibial free flap
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