Mehmet Veli Karaaltin

Bezmiâlem Vakif Üniversitesi, İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to investigate the effects of open technique rhinoplasty on facial nerve terminal branches more concerned with mimicry via electroneurography (ENoG). Twenty patients ages between 24 and 36 years were included in the study. Five nasal mimicry muscles were used to evaluate axonal loss of the facial nerve: bilateral transverse nasal, levator labii superioris alaeque nasi (LLSAN), and procerus muscles of all patients were evaluated preoperatively and postoperative third month by ENoG. The patients that have abnormalities regarding the amplitude and latency at third month were reevaluated at sixth month postoperatively. Mean latencies of the facial nerve were calculated to be increased for all muscles at third postoperative month, but this increase was significant only for left LLSAN (P = 0.002). Amplitudes of the facial nerve decreased in all of the groups, but this decrease was not significant (P > 0.05). Two patients with exceptionally long latency facial nerve response of transverse nasal muscle and 11 muscle recordings with abnormal low amplitudes of the facial nerve at the third month was reevaluated at sixth postoperative month and the values were improved. This study demonstrated that facial nerve integrity is minimally affected after rhinoplasty, yet all affected muscles were recovered on the long term.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 06/2015; 26(4):1348-51. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0000000000001731 · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • Serdar Nasir · Mehmet Karaaltin · Adnan Erdem
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    ABSTRACT: Two patients were successfully operated on for total scalp avulsions. Ages were between 11and 35 years, and both patients were female. Bilateral temporal artery and veins were used as the recipient pedicles. Interpositional vein graft harvested from the left forearm was used in 1 patient. No nerve repair was performed. The scalp was successfully replanted in both cases. Venous congestion and arterial insufficiency were observed in 1 patient. Successful revision of the vascular anastomosis was performed. Total necrosis of the upper helical rim was observed in 1 patient. A mean size of 3 × 3 cm of tissue necrosis was observed in the occipital region of all patients. One patient was treated with split-thickness skin grafting, whereas the other one was left for secondary healing. The "replace like tissue with like tissue" represents the philosophy in replantation surgery. Although reconstructive surgeries imply advanced surgical methods, scalp replantation remains the only ideal surgical modality to create an embellishing natural-looking hair-bearing scalp. In this article, we present some tricks and pitfalls of total avulsed scalp replantation as well as our skills and literature review.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 06/2015; 26(4):1192-5. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0000000000001646 · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Conventional tracheal reconstruction techniques are not successful at restoring functional units in situations with extensive damage involving more than half the length of the trachea. For the first time, we investigated in vivo tissue-engineered trachea regeneration from a decellularized cadaveric trachea matrix with seeded adult adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and investigated the integration of the matrix into the recipient tracheal side. For the procedure, 1.8-cm grafts were prepared from 3.5-cm tracheas of three donor rabbits. Then, tracheal grafts were rendered nonimmunogenic using a decellularization technique. MSCs isolated from recipient rabbit adipose tissue were cultured and marked before being seeded in the decellularized matrix. A total of 1.8 cm of the recipient tracheas was replaced with either a decellularized tracheal matrix (group 1) or tracheal matrix-seeded MSCs (group 2). Rabbits survived 17 ± 2 days in the first group, and the causes of death were separation in the anastomosis region, airway obstruction, and infection. In the second group, animals were sacrificed on the 30th, 60th, and 90th days of follow-up. Histopathological analysis revealed the integration of MSCs seeded-decellularized cadaveric tracheas to the recipient tracheal sides and increased angiogenesis. The MSCs were traced by fluorescence microscopy in the ciliated epithelium, under the epithelium, and in the cartilage of the integrated new trachea. Tracheas generated by autologous cells and tissue-engineering techniques will be a great source for the treatment of life-threatening tracheal injuries after the completion of related studies.
    Stem Cell Reviews and Reports 10/2014; 11(2). DOI:10.1007/s12015-014-9570-8 · 3.21 Impact Factor
  • Serdar Nasir · Yusuf Alper Kilic · Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Yunus Erdem
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Limb transplantation is emerging as a promising area of surgery and is an indispensable alternative for prosthetic rehabilitation of amputees, the severity of which is increasing because of combat-related injuries. Successful unilateral and bilateral limb transplantations have already been performed before this operation. Methods: We performed the first ever quadruple limb transplantation in February 2012. The limbs procured from a 40-year-old man heart-beating donor were transplanted to a 27-year-old male patient who was a quadruple amputee for the last 14 years because of an electrical injury. Results: To shorten the ischemic period to a minimum, 3 separate microsurgery teams worked simultaneously. All extremities were reperfused within 8 hours of procurement, and the operation lasted for 12 hours. Metabolic load was managed by hemodialysis. One hour after the completion of the operation, cardiac arrest developed, resuscitation of which necessitated median sternotomy and temporary partial cardiopulmonary support. Despite the removal of the transplanted limbs and all efforts including continuous hemodialysis, plasmapheresis, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, the patient died on the fourth day after transplantation in a clinical condition of severe systemic inflammation. Conclusions: The problems we faced were difficulty of vascular access for invasive monitoring and fluid replacement, and the severe systemic inflammation effects of which could not be dealt with, despite aggressive supportive treatment. We hope that our experience will enlighten the surgeons who are willing to extend the limits of limb transplantation and serve the success of future operations. Copyright
    Annals of Plastic Surgery 09/2014; 73(3):336-340. DOI:10.1097/SAP.0000000000000279 · 1.46 Impact Factor
  • 07/2014; 2(1):42-45. DOI:10.14235/bs.2014.160
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    ABSTRACT: The anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap can be described as a perforator-based workhorse option for reconstructive surgery1. The ALT flap can be used as a flow-through flap in the reconstruction of defects with vascular insufficiency or damage2. Soutar et al. described the flow-through concept as the anastomosis of both ends of the vascular pedicle of the free flap to distal tissues in the recipient site3. This concept was developed to establish blood flow to distal recipient tissues while nourishing the carrying tissue in return. In this paper, the flow-through concept is introduced in terms of preserving blood in-flow of the flap and establishing blood flow to the distal portion of the flap as a supercharge technique.
    Surgical Practice 02/2014; 18(2). DOI:10.1111/1744-1633.12058 · 0.17 Impact Factor
  • Hakan Kerem · Ulas Bali · Yurdakul Ilker Manavbasi · Mehmet Veli Karaaltin
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    ABSTRACT: Reconstruction needs to be designed attentively to obtain a functional and a good aesthetic consequence for closing skin defects. Numerous local flaps have been defined to conceal skin defects. However, new techniques are still required, especially for circular type of skin defects.This study describes a new technique that has been well defined to repair the circular type of skin defects. The technique basically uses extra skin relaxation provided with 2 opposing flaps' rotation maneuver in favor of the defect closure. The objective of this technique is for the flaps to start from one border of the defect and extend just to the other border, not invading beyond the defect borders. This enables us to apply the procedure on defects that are close to important anatomical structures because it is sufficient to use only the opposing 2 sides of the defect for its closure.With this method, 2 opposing flaps that resemble the tip of a scalpel were rotated to the existing circular defect; and by suturing these 2 flaps at the midline, the defect was closed. This technique was applied to 17 patients between the ages of 48 and 83 years. Defect sizes were between 2.5 × 2.5 and 5 × 5 cm.With the use of opposing flaps designed narrower than half-width of the defect, a tension-free closure could be achieved on both the donor and the recipient site. No flap necrosis was detected on any patients. After a mean follow-up of 11 months (3-26 months), it was realized that a good aesthetic appearance could be achieved in all the patients about 2 to 3 months postoperatively.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 11/2013; 24(6):2059-63. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182a149a6 · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • Surgical Practice 11/2013; 18(1). DOI:10.1111/1744-1633.12046 · 0.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The vascularized iliac osteocutaneous flap has been used successfully for jaw reconstruction. To obtain a better contour of the reconstructed area in large upper and lower jaw resections, the transferred bone actually needs to be osteotomized. Single closing-wedge osteotomy of the iliac flap for mandibular reconstruction has been previously described. In this article, the modified multiple osteotomized perforator-based versatile free iliac osteocutaneous flap is described. Eleven cases were enrolled. Seven patients had wide anterior mandibular resections due to oral cavity and mandibular tumors; 3 patients had a defect due to explosive injury and 1 patient had complicated orbitomaxillary defect due to blast injury. Skin paddle was based on the perforators. In 8 patients, the bony segment was divided into 3 segments by 2 osteotomies, whereas in 2 patients the bony segment was divided into 4 segments by 3 osteotomies. In 10 cases, the flap was used for anterior mandibular defects, whereas in 1 case the flap was customized to fit an L-shaped defect at the naso-orbito-maxillary region. The overall flap success rate was 100%. No resorption or morbidity related to the osteotomy of the bony segments was observed. The size of perforator skin paddle was 6 to 8 × 15 to 18 cm. Physical and radiologic examinations showed proper bone healing without any additional complications. The modified multiple osteotomized free osteocutaneous iliac flap can provide a safe and versatile bony segment to be arranged and adapted to reconstruct complex mandibular and maxillofacial defects.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 09/2013; 24(5):1586-92. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182a12e25 · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We assessed the morphological characteristics and dimensions of the ilium and fibula to evaluate the suitability of particular areas of bone for use as donor sites for dental reconstructions that carry implants. We measured the dimensions of 130 bilaterally harvested ilium and fibula bones from 65 adult cadavers using osteometric methods, and analysed the effects of age, sex, and side. Dimensions at measuring points, overall suitability for implantation, and relations among age, sex, and side, were evaluated statistically. We report observations of bone morphology involving cross-sections, and clinical relevance. Although the mean dimensions of the fibula and iliac crest were adequate, some segments would not support an implant 10mm long and 3.5mm wide. The overall suitability of parts of the iliac block fell to 30%. Fibular morphology is characterised by constant height and width, and relation of cortical and cancellous bone. Bony dimensions on the iliac fossa and fibula were significantly greater in men than in women. Age had a negative impact in one area of the iliac fossa, but nowhere on the iliac crest. Side was not significant. We found differences in dimensions and morphology between measuring points on the same bone. Precise knowledge about which areas of the donor sites can reliably provide sufficient bone to carry implants after reconstructions will allow greater flexibility and safety when reconstructions are designed.
    British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 08/2013; 51(8). DOI:10.1016/j.bjoms.2013.07.010 · 1.13 Impact Factor
  • Burhan Ozalp · Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Günay Cavdar · Hüseyin Elbey
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    ABSTRACT: Forehead soft tissue defects are most usually associated with motor vehicle accident and less commonly with physically assault, trauma resulting from falls, malignant tumor resection, and burn injury. These kinds of defects incorporate only the soft tissue in general but sometimes there are accompanying bone defects. Different reconstruction alternatives can be preferred depending on the defect type and the amount of tissue loss. In this report, a patient who underwent surgery for tumor excision is presented. After surgical excision, denuded frontal bones were covered with subgaleal-subperiosteal flap. Split thickness skin graft harvested from the medial upper arm was used for skin resurfacing. Optimal healing and cosmetic outcome were obtained using 1-step surgical procedure.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 11/2012; 23(6):e562-4. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e31825d0a5a · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • M V Karaaltin · B Ozalp · M Dadaci · A Kayikcioglu · A Kecik · F Oner
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the effects of 5-fluorouracil in a slow-release biodegradable gelatin system on tendon healing. Gelatin blocks prepared in a size of 10 × 20 × 1 mm were loaded with 10, 20, and 30 mg of 5-fluorouracil, and 30 adult white Leghorn chickens were used. The tendons to the third and fourth toes were severed and repaired. The extremities were casted for three weeks. After sacrifice, the tendons were examined histologically and biomechanically for adhesion formation. The 10 mg-loaded gelatin group showed a decrease in adhesion formation when compared with the operative control group; the 20 and 30 mg groups showed signs of severe inflammation. Low doses of 5-fluorouracil applied via a slow-release gelatin system reduced adhesion formation in flexor tendon healing.
    08/2012; 38(6). DOI:10.1177/1753193412458646
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    ABSTRACT: Tertiary rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct nasal deformities that have been developed after prior unsuccessful surgeries. Such surgery requires complicated manipulations and tissue grafting for proper restoration. In the current study, we report the use of fascia lata graft combined with cartilage grafts for contour restoring and camouflage. Twenty-three patients who had severe nasal deformities were included, of whom 14 were men and 9 were women. Their ages ranged between 24 and 34 years (mean, 29 y). All patients were twice previously operated on by surgeons other than the authors. An informed consent was obtained from all patients. After harvesting the costal cartilage, the fascia lata graft (mean size, 2-3 cm) was uniformly harvested from the right lateral thigh. Application of the fascia lata and the cartilage graft was achieved through the open rhinoplasty incision. The fascia lata was applied over the cartilage in the dorsal region in 20 patients (86.9%), applied over the reconstructed alar and dome area in the nasal tip in 8 patients (34.7%), and applied over both areas simultaneously in 4 patients (17.3%). Postoperative follow-up was between 14 and 35 months (mean, 24.5 mo); clinical evaluation, photographic documentation, and a questionnaire form related to donor-site morbidity and patient satisfaction were applied after 12 months of the follow-up period. Results showed that all patients had an improved aesthetic result, and no apparent irregularities were observed in the integument of the aesthetic lines. No complications or no requirement for revision surgery was observed later on. In conclusion, refinements of the nasal dorsum and the nasal tip in tertiary rhinoplasty are indeed important and difficult to be managed. Placing the fascia lata over the applied cartilage grafts provide a good cover that conceals the possible irregularities or distortions that may appear in the late postoperative period.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 05/2012; 23(3):719-23. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e31824dbb92 · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • Ethem Guneren · Mehmet Ciftci · Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Kemalettin Yildiz
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    ABSTRACT: Excessive surgical removal or traumatic loss of the tissues supporting the nasal roof can result in the "saddle nose" deformity. It involves both cartilage and bone deficiencies. Two main resources are used to reconstruct this difficult deformity: autogenous bone and cartilage grafts and alloplastic materials. This study presents the reconstruction of the dorsum, septum, internal nasal valve, and anterior structures and the tip of the nose using a block of molded autogenous bone graft. We called it the "sail graft," because it looks like a sail from a lateral view. The mast of the sail is oriented in a superior-to-inferior direction, beginning in the frontonasal region to the tip of the nose to form a straight, well-rounded dorsum. The longest postoperative follow-up of 13 cases is now 10 years; the median follow-up is 2 years. The results have been satisfactory.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 05/2012; 23(3):863-5. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e31824dd5da · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Ali Cem Akpinar · Semih Baghaki · Fatma Akpinar
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    ABSTRACT: Linear scleroderma "en coup de sabre" is characterized by atrophy and furrowing of the skin of the front parietal region above the level of the eyebrow. In most cases, it occurs as a single paramedian line that may be associated with hypoplasia of underlying structures and hemiatrophy of the face. The affected region is a depression that may be associated with hypoplasia of the underlying soft tissues and bone that results in facial hemiatrophy. If the lesion is narrow, it can be resected and directly sutured; in the case of a wide lesion, many different reconstructive techniques, directed at augmentation of deficient soft tissue volume, have been proposed such as autologous tissue grafts, biomaterials, pedicled flaps, and free flaps. Adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) can be easily processed from lipoaspirated fat and can provide a significant quantity of multipotent cells for a variety of therapeutic regenerative medicine therapies. There is an increasing interest in a possible therapeutic role of ADRCs from processed lipoaspirate for many applications, including their use as soft-tissue fillers. We introduce the application of a successful ADRC therapy for a linear scleroderma en coup de sabre deformity.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 03/2012; 23(2):e103-5. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182418ce8 · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • Burhan Ozalp · Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Kadir Serkan Orhan
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 01/2012; 129(1):186e-187e. DOI:10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182365d77 · 3.33 Impact Factor
  • Azimet Özdemir · Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Ethem Güneren
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 01/2012; 23(1):347. DOI:10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182420530 · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps have not gained popularity in the reconstructive era, the results of recent studies regarding the vascularity of thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps are promising. In the present study, the authors aimed to determine the clinical outcomes of free multiple-perforator versus single-perforator thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps. Eighty-seven patients with various defects underwent reconstruction with free thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps. The flap was used for upper extremity reconstruction in 43 patients (49.4 percent), for head and neck reconstruction in 16 patients (18.4 percent), and for lower extremity reconstruction in 28 patients (32.2 percent). Of the 87 flaps, 48 (55.2 percent) were based on a single perforator, whereas 39 flaps (44.8 percent) were based on multiple perforators. The single- and multiple-perforator-based thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps were compared regarding clinical outcomes and morbidity. The morbidity rate was found to be significantly higher in the single-perforator-based group. Of the patients in the single-perforator group, seven patients had transient venous congestion, five were heparinized and treated with leeches for permanent venous congestion, six had partial necrosis, and one had total necrosis. In the multiple-perforator-based group, two patients had transient venous congestion, and no partial or total necrosis was observed. Despite the fact that dominant perforators may often be absent, this study showed that a multiple-perforator-based thoracodorsal artery perforator flap may be more reliable with safe vascularity compared with a single-perforator-based flap.
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 09/2011; 128(3):158e-165e. DOI:10.1097/PRS.0b013e318221ddd0 · 3.33 Impact Factor
  • Mehmet Veli Karaaltin · Adnan Erdem · Ibrahim Canter · Günay Cavdar · Semih Baghaki
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    ABSTRACT: The Latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap is a valuable workhorse of the microsurgeon, especially in closing large body defects. One of the pitfalls in harvesting the flap, is particularly in its inferior aspect which may be unreliable. Here we report a series of 53 patients who were undergone bipedicled free latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous free flaps for extensive tissue defects. The age of patients were between 5 and 64 and all of them were males. The wound sizes in these patients ranged between 31-35 x 10-12 cm and flap dimensions were between 38-48 x 6-8 cm. Perforator branches of the 10th intercostal vessels were dissected and supercharged to the flaps to reduce the risk of ischemia of the inferior cutaneous extensions. The secondary pedicles were anastomosed to recipient vessels other than the primary pedicles. Recipient areas were consisted of lower extremities. Four patients suffered of early arterial failure in the major pedicle and all revisions were successfully attempted. Neither sign of venous congestion nor arterial insufficiency were observed at the inferior cutaneous extensions of the flaps, and all defects were reconstructed successfully. All donor sites were primarily closed, only two patients suffered from a minor area of superficial epidermal loss at the donor site, without suffering any adjunct complications. In conclusion coverage of large defects can be safely performed with extending the skin paddle of latissimus dorsi flap as a bipedicled free flap.
    Microsurgery 12/2009; 30(3):179-84. DOI:10.1002/micr.20724 · 2.42 Impact Factor
  • M V Karaaltin · K S Orhan · T Demirel
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    ABSTRACT: Nasal dorsal irregularities are troublesome for both patient and surgeon, especially in patients with thin nasal dorsal skin. Many types of grafts have been used for nasal contouring; however, in this article, we report the use of fascia lata (FL) graft for dorsal contouring and camouflage in 63 patients who underwent rhinoplasty between May 2004 and December 2005. There were 26 male and 37 female patients, with ages ranging from 18 to 43 years (mean age: 28.7). Of the 63 patients, 49 underwent primary rhinoplasty, while 14 were secondary cases. An informed consent was obtained from all patients for the use of FL graft. The graft was harvested from the right lateral thigh. A simple method was used to place the graft over the nasal dorsum. Postoperative follow-up period was between 14 and 26 months (mean: 20). Clinical evaluation was made by inspection, palpation and photographic documentation. In addition, a questionnaire related to patient satisfaction and donor-site morbidity was sent to patients 1 year after surgery. All patients had satisfactory aesthetic results, and no apparent irregularities were observed over the nasal dorsum. The questionnaire results showed that all patients, but one, were satisfied with surgery, and were not concerned about donor-site scar; however, one patient had a donor-site morbidity. This study conclusively shows that TLF graft is a reliable, simple method for camouflaging any postoperative dorsal irregularities, particularly in patients with thin nasal skin.
    Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 09/2008; 62(10):1255-60. DOI:10.1016/j.bjps.2008.03.053 · 1.47 Impact Factor

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  • 2012–2014
    • Bezmiâlem Vakif Üniversitesi
      İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2012–2013
    • Istanbul University
      İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2011
    • Celal Bayar Üniversitesi
      Saruhan, Manisa, Turkey
  • 2009
    • Istanbul Surgery Hospital
      İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey