The uvulopalatal flap for reconstruction of the soft palate

M. Boyd Gillespie, David W. Eisele

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Objective: To determine the indications, complications, and outcomes of the uvulopalatal flap in the reconstruction of defects of the soft palate. Study Design: Retrospective review. Methods: Patient data were obtained from the hospital records of 18 patients who had soft palate defects reconstructed with the uvulopalatal flap over a 5-year period at a tertiary academic medical center. Results: Eleven patients had the uvulopalatal flap as the sole method of reconstruction, whereas this flap was used in combination with a radial forearm bee flap, pectoralis flap, and ski graft in 4, 2, and 1 patients, respectively. All flaps were successful in soft palate reconstruction. One flap was successfully revised after additional tumor resection. A partial flap dehiscence occurred in one patient and healed uneventfully. Speech and swallowing function was dependent on initial tumor stage and the scope of tumor resection. Conclusions: The uvulopalatal flap is a simple and effective method of soft palate reconstruction either alone or in combination with other methods of reconstruction for selected oropharyngeal defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-615
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2000


  • Reconstruction
  • Soft palate
  • Uvula
  • Uvulopalatal flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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