Reconstruction of Orbital Suprastructure Maxillectomy Defects by Temporalis Myofascial Flap

  • Prathamesh S. Pai
  • Angshuman DuttaEmail author
Original Article


Oncological surgery being radical is often mutilating in form and function especially in the maxillary/orbit region reconstruction of maxillo-orbit defects are challenging due to the complex three dimensional anatomy. Free flaps are de-rigueur but a technical resource with constraints. The temporalis myofascial flap (TMFF) is a locally available, safe and reliable flap which can be used for the reconstruction of various orbital and supramaxillary facial defects. To study the use of the temporalis myofascial flap in the reconstruction of various orbital and supramaxillary facial defects. Temporalis myofascial flap was harvested and successfully used in reconstruction of three patients who had undergone orbital exenteration with or without suprastructural maxillectomy. There was no morbidity related to flap loss. Temporalis flap (TMFF) can be considered as a first line reconstructive option for limited resection of upper maxilla with palatal preservation. Its proximity to the oral cavity, palate and mid third face and the technical ease makes the TMFF valuable for reconstruction. The techniques and outcomes of TMFF are discussed.


Temporalis myofascial flap Maxilla Orbit 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tata Memorial HospitalMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of ENTCommand Hospital Air ForceBangaloreIndia

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