Natalia Lucia Gómez1*, Luis Alejandro Boccalatte2 and Juan José Larrañaga3
1Head and Neck Surgeon - Medical Associate, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Head and Neck Surgery Fellow, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
3Head and neck Surgeon, Chief of Reconstructive Section, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
*Corresponding Author: Natalia Lucía Gómez, Head and Neck Surgeon - Medical Associate, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Received: July 02, 2020; Published: July 31, 2020
Reconstruction after oncological surgery in the head and neck area is challenging because both aesthetic and functional results are needed. Local flaps have been used along time to cover defects with acceptable results, but microvascular surgery development changed this parading. However, not all patients are suitable for this complex procedures; hence, local reconstruction is still an important tool in selected patients. For these reasons, we have changed our reconstructive algorithm during the past decade; whereas we used microsurgical free flaps for defects located in the head and neck anatomy in previous years, we now prefer local flaps when possible. Therefore, we present the case of a young patient with a highly recurrent basal skin tumor whose defect located in the parotid region and lateral skull base who was reconstructed with a supraclavicular artery island flap (SAIF). The aim of this paper is to highlight the technique, introduce some tips and tricks and summarizes the benefits of this versatile flap.
Keywords: Supraclavicular Flap; Rotational Flaps; Head and Neck Surgery; Head and Neck Reconstruction
Citation: Natalia Lucia Gómez., et al. “Supraclavicular Flap as an Alternative for Reconstruction in Head and Neck Defects: Trips and Tricks on Technique". Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 2.8 (2020): 20-23.
Copyright: © 2020 Natalia Lucia Gómez., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.