Late Free Flap Failure in Head and Neck Microvascular Patients
Microvascular free flaps have become increasingly more common in head and neck reconstruction
Free flap failure in head and neck reconstruction generally occurs within 48 hours postoperatively
- Most commonly due to vascular thrombosis, venous>arterial
- Hematoma is second most common
After 48 hours, most commonly caused by infection or mechanical stress around anastomosis
Zohn, MS4, Ralph, "Late Free Flap Failure in Head and Neck Microvascular Patients" (2017). Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Presentations and Grand Rounds. Presentation 79.