[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The role of the titanium functionally dynamic bridging plate (TFDBP) in the fracture treatment of the severely atrophic mandible was assessed retrospectively. In 28 consecutive patients with fractures of a severely atrophic mandible fixation was carried out with TFDBPs. Twenty-one patients with 27 fractures were included in the study and then followed up for complications and the progress of fracture healing for 17 months postoperatively on average. There was only one case that required plate removal. All patients showed bone healing 3 months after surgery. The mental nerve sensation improved in 12 out of 23 fractures that had presented with nerve function disturbance. Every patient who had dentures prior to sustaining the fracture was able to return to denture wearing 3 weeks after surgery. No major complications occurred. A high proportion of bone healing with a low complication rate was observed with the use of TFDBPs in the treatment of severely atrophic mandible fractures. The TFDBP is an excellent alternative to conventional plating of the severely atrophic mandible.
Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery: official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery 08/2013; 42(5). DOI:10.1016/j.jcms.2013.05.037 · 2.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the first clinical use of a free microvascular thenar flap for reconstruction of intraoral soft tissues. In 9 patients with a recurrent oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a new primary oral SCC, or a defect of the hard palate after radiotherapy, we covered the soft tissue defect, after resection of the tumour or local preparation, with a microvascular thenar flap. All patients had had combined resection and irradiation for treatment of the initial tumour. In every case the thenar flap was harvested from the left forearm. Arteries were anastomosed to cervical arteries on either side. The veins were anastomosed to the deep jugular or subclavian vein. Patients were followed up clinically after 3, 6, and 12 months and radiologically every 6 months. The mean length of the pedicle was 21cm. The mean width of the flap was 27mm (range 24-30) and the mean length 37mm (range 26-49). All anastomoses worked well. All flaps healed without major complications. A thin but stable layer of soft tissue resulted in every case. All patients were able to wear their prostheses. Good functional and aesthetic results were seen at each follow-up visit, and there were no signs of relapse. The microvascular thenar flap is well-suited for reconstruction of thin layers of soft tissue in the oral cavity. The long pedicle and hairlessness are also ideal for covering intraoral defects after previous operations and in necks with few if any vessels. Primary wound closure is possible in many cases.
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 02/2012; 50(8). DOI:10.1016/j.bjoms.2012.02.001 · 1.13 Impact Factor