A Brief Clinical Study: The Use of a Custom Guide for Scapula Free Flap Harvest and Mandibular Reconstruction (2022)

Type of publication:Journal article

Author(s):*Chundoo S; *Naredla P; *Thomas S

Citation:Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 2022 Oct 01; Vol. 33 (7), pp. 2142-2145.

Abstract:Head and neck cancer can leave patients with significant defects requiring major reconstruction. The scapula free flap remains a relatively underused flap choice. This article examines the novel use of a custom guide for a scapula free flap in mandibular reconstruction following resection. A case file was created involving a consultant surgeon, KLS advisor, and technical team based in Belgium. A computed tomography scan of the mandible was sent electronically to render a 3-dimensional model. Custom cutting guides for resection and scapula graft harvest were fabricated. A custom plate for fixation was also developed. The scapula free flap was successfully placed using custom guides. In this case, the use of a custom guide enabled easier harvest, manipulation, and handling of the scapula free flap into the defect. The use of new technology and computer-generated guides represents a considerable shift forward into improving precision in complex surgical procedures and reducing intraoperative time. The use of a custom guide can provide an easier means to handle and manipulate one of the largest free flaps in surgery, the scapula free flap.

Establishing a large prospective clinical cohort in people with head and neck cancer as a biomedical resource: head and neck 5000 (2015)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Ness A.R., Waylen A., Hurley K., Jeffreys M., Penfold C., Pring M., Leary S., Allmark C., Toms S., Ring S., Peters T.J., Hollingworth W., Worthington H., Nutting C., Fisher S., Rogers S.N., Thomas S.J., Rogers S., Thiruchelvam J.K., Abdelkader M., Anari S., Mehanna H., Sheehan T., Dyker K., McCaul J., Benson R., Stewart S., Hall C., Lester J., Homer J., Hamid A., Lamont A., Fresco L., Lester S., Cogill G., Roy A., Foran B., Bisase B., Balfour A., Evans A., Gollins S., Conway D., Gunasekaran S.P., Lees L., Lowe R., England J., Scrase C., Wight R., Sen M., Doyle M., Moule R., Goodchild K., Rowell N., Beaumont-Jewell D., Loo H.W., Jankowska P., Paleri V., Casasola R., Roques T., Tierney P., Hwang D., Dyson P., Andrade G., Tatla T., Christian J., Winter S., Baldwin A., Davies J., King E., Barnes D., Repanos C., Kim D., Richards S., Dallas N., McAlister K., Berry S., Cole N., Moss L., Palaniappan N., Evans M., Siva M., *Hari C. , Wood K., Simcock R., Waldron J., Hyde N., Ahmed I., Gahir D., O'Hara J., Carr R., Forster M., Thomas S., Wagstaff L., Mano J., Brammer C., Tyler J., Coatesworth A.

BMC Cancer, December 2014, vol./is. 14/1, 1471-2407 (December 17, 2014)

Background: Head and neck cancer is an important cause of ill health. Survival appears to be improving but the reasons for this are unclear. They could include evolving aetiology, modifications in care, improvements in treatment or changes in lifestyle behaviour. Observational studies are required to explore survival trends and identify outcome predictors. Methods: We are identifying people with a new diagnosis of head and neck cancer. We obtain consent that includes agreement to collect longitudinal data, store samples and record linkage. Prior to treatment we give participants three questionnaires on health and lifestyle, quality of life and sexual history. We collect blood and saliva samples, complete a clinical data capture form and request a formalin fixed tissue sample. At four and twelve months we complete further data capture forms and send participants further quality of life questionnaires. Discussion: This large clinical cohort of people with head and neck cancer brings together clinical data, patient-reported outcomes and biological samples in a single co-ordinated resource for translational and prognostic research.

Link to full-text: http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC4301458