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Single innervated segmented vastus lateralis for midfacial reanimation during radical parotidectomy.

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background

    Innervated free muscle transfer using the gracilis muscle or temporalis myoplasty has been successfully utilized for facial reanimation in chronic facial palsy. These techniques are less suited to immediate facial reconstruction in the setting of radical parotidectomy, in which the complexity of the defect, patient age, postoperative radiotherapy, and limited life expectancy pose particular challenges.

    Methods

    We present a novel description of the use of a chimeric anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap and innervated vastus lateralis to achieve midface static suspension and dynamic reanimation in the setting of radical parotidectomy.

    Results

    The technique is described in detail along with a video demonstrating the early and medium-term results in an example case.

    Conclusion

    Although outcomes using the vastus lateralis free flap for midface reanimation need to be objectively determined, the flap adds the potential of dynamic midface movement in patients undergoing radical parotidectomy who would otherwise not be afforded this opportunity. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 39: 602-604, 2017.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Chong, L. S. H., Eviston, T. J., Ashford, B., Ebrahami, A., & Clark, J. R. (2017). Single innervated segmented vastus lateralis for midfacial reanimation during radical parotidectomy.. Head & neck, 39(3), 602-604. doi:10.1002/hed.24668

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 602

End Page


  • 604

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Background

    Innervated free muscle transfer using the gracilis muscle or temporalis myoplasty has been successfully utilized for facial reanimation in chronic facial palsy. These techniques are less suited to immediate facial reconstruction in the setting of radical parotidectomy, in which the complexity of the defect, patient age, postoperative radiotherapy, and limited life expectancy pose particular challenges.

    Methods

    We present a novel description of the use of a chimeric anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap and innervated vastus lateralis to achieve midface static suspension and dynamic reanimation in the setting of radical parotidectomy.

    Results

    The technique is described in detail along with a video demonstrating the early and medium-term results in an example case.

    Conclusion

    Although outcomes using the vastus lateralis free flap for midface reanimation need to be objectively determined, the flap adds the potential of dynamic midface movement in patients undergoing radical parotidectomy who would otherwise not be afforded this opportunity. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 39: 602-604, 2017.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Chong, L. S. H., Eviston, T. J., Ashford, B., Ebrahami, A., & Clark, J. R. (2017). Single innervated segmented vastus lateralis for midfacial reanimation during radical parotidectomy.. Head & neck, 39(3), 602-604. doi:10.1002/hed.24668

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 602

End Page


  • 604

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 3