Free Vascularized Grafts in Pharyngo-Esophageal Reconstruction

Pierre Delaere, Jan Vranckx

Key Points

  • From a functional viewpoint: a partial hypopharyngeal defect is more preferable than a total hypopharyngeal defect.
  • There is no “workhorse” flap for a total laryngopharyngectomy defect.
  • All free flaps have their pro’s and con’s when used for pharygo-esophageal reconstruction.

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Last updated: October 18, 2022