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Microvascular free flap reconstruction for head and neck cancer in a resource-constrained environment in rural India

Microvascular free flap reconstruction for head and neck cancer in a resource-constrained environment in rural India

Trivedi, N. P., Trivedi, P., Trivedi, H., Trivedi, S., & Trivedi, N. (2013). Indian J Plast Surg, 46(1), 82-86. doi: 10.4103/0970-0358.113715 Abstract INTRODUCTION: Reconstruction with free flaps has significantly changed the outcome of patients with head and neck cancer. Microsurgery is still considered a specialised procedure and is not routinely performed in the resource-constrained environment of certain developing parts of India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This article focuses on the practice environment in a cancer clinic in rural India. Availability of infrastructure, selection of the case, choice of flap, estimation of cost and complications associated with treatment are evaluated and the merits and demerits of such an approach are discussed. RESULTS: We performed 22 cases of free flaps... Show More
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