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The osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap: A pictorial essay.

Head & Neck 2024 April 11
The osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap (OCRFFF) is a versatile flap with the ability to reconstruct complex defects. We detail the techniques necessary to harvest an OCRFFF, including an outline on making 90-degree osteotomies to maximize bone harvest. In this pictorial essay, we provide illustrations of the anatomy and surgical techniques necessary for OCRFFF harvest. Detailed discussion is provided on how to protect the perforators to the bone and the approach to making osteotomies in a 90-degree fashion. The approach for prophylactic plating of the radius to prevent radius fractures is outlined. A case presentation on the real-life utilization of this flap is included. The OCRFFF is an excellent head and neck reconstructive option. While there are limitations to its use for patients requiring dental rehabilitation or long/anterior mandibular defects, for the right patient and indication it has shown great success in reconstructive efforts.

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