Pharyngeal Reconstruction with Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer

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Reconstruction of pharyngoesophageal defects after total laryngectomies and extirpation of hypopharyngeal and upper esophageal carcinomas presents a challenging task. Goals of reconstruction include adequate voice rehabilitation and restoration of normal swallowing. The reconstructive armamentarium contains many options for reconstruction and creation of a new upper digestive tract. This review article focuses on the most commonly used free tissue transfer options for the reconstruction of these defects, with an assessment of their advantages and disadvantages.


This article was published in Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Volume 33, Issue 1.

The published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-1677877.

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