Free Flaps in Head and Neck Reconstruction

  • M. Ghirelli
  • G. Molinari
  • F. Mattioli
  • R. Pellini
  • G. Molteni


In the last decades, the treatment of head and neck tumors has shown important innovations regarding surgical and nonsurgical treatments, but above all, quality of life of the cancer patient and impact of treatments on functional and esthetic outcomes have been placed at the center of attention. In selected cases, new radiotherapy systems (such as IMRT or proton therapy) and chemotherapeutic regimens have overtaken the surgical treatment, which may be burden by high morbidity. On the other hand, either in a primary setting or as a salvage treatment, reconstructive surgical techniques have developed with the aim of restoring anatomical integrity, function, and esthetics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ghirelli
    • 1
  • G. Molinari
    • 1
  • F. Mattioli
    • 1
  • R. Pellini
    • 2
  • G. Molteni
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity Hospital of ModenaModenaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryIRCCS “Regina Elena” National Cancer InstituteRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity Hospital of Verona Borgo TrentoVeronaItaly
  4. 4.Department of Surgery, Dentistry, Paediatrics and GynaecologyUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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