Journal article

Mandibular reconstruction: meta-analysis of iliac- versus fibula-free flaps.

Sarah Lonie, Pradyumna Herle, Alenka Paddle, Neelprada Pradhan, Theo Birch, Ramin Shayan

ANZ J Surg | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Free vascularized bone flaps are widely recognized as the optimal reconstruction for patients who undergo mandibular resection. The fibula-free flap is currently considered the gold standard, workhorse flap for mandibular reconstruction. Although previous studies have analysed individual success of each flap type, few have compared iliac- and fibula-free flaps. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted in line with the PRISMA protocol searching the PubMed and EBSCO databases. Twenty-four studies were included as per predetermined inclusion criteria. Double-arm random effect meta-analysis was conducted with STATA 12, and single-arm meta-analysis was conducted ut..

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