Mandibular reconstruction with vascularized osseous free flaps: a review of the literature
Bong Chul Kim ; Somi Kim ; Hyung Jun Kim ; In Ho Cha ; Woong Nam
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol.13(2) : 553~558, 2012
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
PURPOSE: This article reviews a few of the commonly used types of vascularized osseous free flaps in maxillofacial reconstruction, which still represents the gold standard of restoration. We also discuss the developing concepts in maxillofacial reconstruction.
RECENT FINDINGS: Most of the literature reconfirms the established patterns of reconstruction with the aid of vascularized osseous free flaps. This method of free-tissue transfer is also feasible in cases of osteoradionecrosis or bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. These flaps are also suitable for prosthetic restoration using osseointegrated dental implants.
SUMMARY: Vascularized osseous free flaps still remain the standard of care. Improvements upon the free-tissue transfer method employing vascularized osseous free flaps, such as distraction osteogenesis, tissue engineering, and imaging techniques, currently require further development, but these technologies could lead to improved outcomes of maxillofacial reconstruction in the near future.