Indications and outcomes for mandibular reconstruction using sequential bilateral fibula Flaps
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
The principal indication for second fibula flaps in mandibular reconstruction is central segment defects where rigid support is required to prevent sequelae of the Andy Gump deformity. For lateral resections, the large soft-tissue deficits of secondary extirpation may be better served by reconstruction with soft-tissue flaps. Second osseous free flaps can be performed safely, but with a significant decline in postoperative oropharyngeal function. Goals of surgery and quality of life need to be addressed before ablation of recurrent or second oral tumors is performed.