Basic Flap Design

Todd A. Schultz, Kelly Cunningham, Jonathan S. Bailey

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Basic flap design utilization for reconstruction of head and neck defects requires creativity from the surgeon. Ultimately, the surgeon must closely restore the basic functions and properties of the surgical flap and adjacent tissue. All options within the reconstructive ladder should be considered. When possible, like should be replaced with like (similar tissue) within an esthetic zone. When considering a flap design, the surgeon must remember that the donor site must be closed in an esthetic and functional manner. Finally, knowledge of normal anatomy, the extent of the defect, and the patient is vital for successful outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-303
Number of pages27
JournalOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Advancement flaps
  • Interpolated flaps
  • Local flaps
  • Rotation flaps
  • Transposition flaps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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