Reconstruction of the radial forearm free flap donor site with an acellular dermal regenerative matrix "Integra" on Fitzpatrick Type 1 skin (2019)

Type of publication:
Conference abstract

*Pilkington R.; *Saggu M.; *Thomas S.; *Bhatia S.

British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Dec 2019; vol. 57 (no. 10)

Introduction: The radial forearm free flap (RFFF) is still one of the most commonly used free flaps in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The flap provides a thin flap making intra-oral repair less bulky however, one of the drawbacks to this flap is the donor site morbidity. We report the use of an acellular dermal regenerative matrix material (Integra, Integra Life Sciences, Plainsboro, NJ) to provide a substrate for wound coverage. Method: Our novel approach is used to minimise the donor site scarring and is used to treat a fit and healthy right handed 37-year-old man who presented with a mucoepidermoid carcinoma arising from minor salivary glands in the hard palate. He required resection with reconstruction with a left RFFF. He has Type 1 Fitzpatrick skin and is prone to severe keloid scarring and is not keen to have a skin graft taken to cause further scarring.
Results: We review the types of techniques to close the RFFF donor site. This is the first case using integra to close this site and show the healing stages involved. Clinical relevance This case reveals that the use of the Integra has resulted in a neodermis which then allowed ingress of the surrounding epidermis to fully cover the donor site. It has alleviated the need to take a split skin or full thickness graft which would have added more keloid scarring for the patient.