Radial forearm free flap donor site outcomes comparison by closure methods

Tang Ho, Marion Couch, Kathryn Anne Carson, Amy Schimberg, Karen Manley, Patrick J Byrne

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OBJECTIVE: To compare the functional and aesthetic outcomes of radial forearm free flap (RFFF) donor sites reconstructed with full-thickness skin graft (FTSG), split thickness skin graft (STSG) alone, and STSG overlying an acellular dermal matrix (AlloDerm). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A cross-sectional cohort study at a tertiary care hospital. RESULTS: Twenty-five head and neck cancer patients who underwent reconstruction with RFFF completed the evaluations (STSG = 10, FTSG = 8, STSG with AlloDerm = 7). Subjective evaluations of postoperative function by questionnaires showed no significant differences among the 3 groups (P = 0.93). In blinded evaluations by surgeons, the STSG group obtained the highest aesthetic outcome score (3.39 of 5.0), followed by FTSG (2.89) and STSG with AlloDerm (2.80). However, the difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.32). Objective measurements of postoperative function by certified occupational therapists were comparable among the 3 groups with the exception of a mildly decreased range of wrist flexion (P = 0.036) and ulnar deviation (P = 0.016) in the FTSG group. CONCLUSIONS: The 3 methods of reconstruction have comparable postoperative functional and aesthetic outcomes. SIGNIFICANCE: Each of the 3 methods of reconstruction has low morbidity and satisfactory aesthetic and functional outcomes. EBM rating: B-2b

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume134
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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Free Tissue Flaps
Forearm
Tissue Donors
Transplants
Skin
Esthetics
Acellular Dermis
Tertiary Healthcare
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Wrist
Tertiary Care Centers
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Morbidity

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Radial forearm free flap donor site outcomes comparison by closure methods. / Ho, Tang; Couch, Marion; Carson, Kathryn Anne; Schimberg, Amy; Manley, Karen; Byrne, Patrick J.

In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 134, No. 2, 02.2006, p. 309-315.

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Ho, Tang ; Couch, Marion ; Carson, Kathryn Anne ; Schimberg, Amy ; Manley, Karen ; Byrne, Patrick J. / Radial forearm free flap donor site outcomes comparison by closure methods. In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2006 ; Vol. 134, No. 2. pp. 309-315.
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