Functional reconstruction with free flaps following ablation of oropharyngeal cancer

Yoshihiro Kimata, Minoru Sakuraba, Yuzaburo Namba, Ryuichi Hayashi, Satoshi Ebihara

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With the development of various reconstructive procedures, most patients who have undergone ablative surgery for oropharyngeal cancer have obtained satisfactory functional results and good quality of life. However, many questions remain concerning methods of obtaining optimal postoperative oral and pharyngeal functions, especially after glossectomy. This review focuses on reconstructive methods after partial glossectomy, hemiglossectomy, and subtotal or total glossectomy and discusses current problems and the possibility of sensory and dynamic reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • Microsurgical reconstruction
  • Postoperative functions
  • Reconstruction after glossectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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