The best salvage operation method after total necrosis of a free jejunal graft? Transfer of a second free jejunal graft

Satoshi Onoda, Yoshihiro Kimata, Kiyoshi Yamada, Narushi Sugiyama, Minoru Sakuraba, Ryuichi Hayashi

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Aim: Transfer of a free jejunal graft is the first choice for reconstruction after total laryngopharyngo-oesophagectomy (TPLE). After total necrosis of a jejunal graft, possible salvage procedures include temporary external fistula formation and transfer of a second free jejunal graft. The present study determines the most appropriate salvage method. Patients and methods: We have transferred over 600 vascularised free jejunal grafts during the past 22 years for reconstruction, immediately after TPLE, either at the National Cancer Center Hospital or at Okayama University Hospital. A second free jejunal graft was transferred to treat the first vascularised free jejunal graft that had undergone total necrosis in five of these patients. We reviewed the total number of operations, the interval between the operation and the start of oral feeding, the outcomes and the follow-up periods of the five patients. Results: Each of the second free jejunal grafts was positioned without complications. All patients resumed postoperative oral food intake after a mean interval of 20.4 days. Four of the five patients remain free of tumour recurrence and in good health. Conclusion: Our results suggest that the best salvage method after total necrosis of an initial free jejunal graft is to transfer a second jejunal graft. Therefore, the severity of contamination of the neck due to jejunal graft necrosis must be minimised at re-operation to transfer a second free jejunal graft using microvascular anastomosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1034
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • Appropriate salvage operation
  • Free jejunum transfer
  • Secondary reconstruction
  • Total necrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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