Journal Basic Info

  • Impact Factor: 1.995**
  • H-Index: 8
  • ISSN: 2474-1647
  • DOI: 10.25107/2474-1647
**Impact Factor calculated based on Google Scholar Citations. Please contact us for any more details.

Major Scope

  •  Gynecological Surgery
  •  Gastroenterological Surgery
  •  Emergency Surgery
  •  Vascular Surgery
  •  Robotic Surgery
  •  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  •  Urology
  •  Transplant Surgery


Citation: Clin Surg. 2023;8(1):3666.Research Article | Open Access

Microsurgical Reconstruction for Advanced Head and Neck Tumors in Africa-Rescued Patients

Pereira G, Ribeiro D, Saraiva L and Freitas H

Department of Plastic Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte, Portugal

*Correspondance to: Gustavo Neves Pereira 

 PDF  Full Text DOI: 10.25107/2474-1647.3666


Although an early diagnosis and treatment would be ideal for head and neck tumors, sometimes it isn´t possible for patients who live in some regions of Africa. We treated some of these patients with tumors rarely seen today in well-developed countries. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all free flap reconstructions for advanced head and neck tumors in Africa rescued patients between June 2014 and December 2017. Patient age, surgical treatment and reconstruction, complications and outcomes were analyzed. Results: Twelve patients have been treated. There were 5 fibular bone flaps, 2 anterolateral thigh flaps, 2 profunda artery perforator flaps, 2 vertical rectus abdominal myocutaneous flaps and 1 latissimus dorsi muscle flap. No flap failures have been recorded. Two serious postoperative complications have been detected (one cerebrovascular event and one nosocomial infection) and one patient was diagnosed with distant disease in the follow-up. No locoregional relapse has been detected. Conclusion: Surgical resection and microsurgical reconstruction may be safe and effective in these advanced head and neck tumors, although it isn`t without potential serious complications.


Head and neck; Tumor; Microsurgery; Reconstruction

Cite the article

Pereira G, Ribeiro D, Saraiva L, Freitas H. Microsurgical Reconstruction for Advanced Head and Neck Tumors in Africa-Rescued Patients. Clin Surg. 2023; 8: 3666..

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