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Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Dr B. Borooah Cancer Institute, A Grant-in-Aid Institute of Dept. of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India and a Unit of Tata Memorial Centre-Mumbai. Guwahati, Assam, India , sumanjit.boro@yahoo.in
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BACKGROUND
Microvascular surgery is a highly technique sensitive and evolving speciality in reconstructive oncosurgery. There is a definite learning curve associated with it. In this case series, we describe our initial experience in microvascular surgery at a tertiary cancer centre in North East India.
METHODS
It is a retrospective observational case series done at a tertiary cancer centre in North East India from May 2018 to Jul 2018. The first ten cases of our free flap journey till now were included in the study. Data were collected from patient records and the hospital online reporting system. All data were analysed using SPSS.
RESULTS
In our series, 8 patients were male and 2 patients were female. The mean age in the series was 37 years. Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 4 the patients, osteosarcoma for 2 of patients and adenoid cystic carcinoma, Ewing sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and low-grade soft tissue sarcoma 1 case each. Out of the ten free tissue transfers, one free ALT flap for total maxillary defect failed during the 4th postoperative day and the patient was managed with a prosthesis. The average hospital stay during the case series was 10.6 days.
CONCLUSION
Microvascular surgeries are very complex surgeries. The presence of a good, well-trained plastic surgery team working in conjunction with other specialities is paramount for a good outcome. A dedicated team, cooperative administration, fine and good infrastructure with high-quality equipment are the basic necessities for creating a good microsurgery unit.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2021/11/24 | Accepted: 2021/10/26

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