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Principles of grafts and flaps for reconstructive surgery

Donald Morris, MD
Section Editor
Charles E Butler, MD, FACS
Deputy Editor
Kathryn A Collins, MD, PhD, FACS


The routine use of grafts and flaps has dramatically broadened the ability of the surgeon to perform reconstructive surgery and improve outcomes and quality of life for trauma patients, burn patients, and cancer patients.

This topic provides an overview of the use of grafts and flaps in reconstructive surgery. Reconstructive surgical procedures for specific clinical problems are discussed elsewhere.

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Mandibular and palatal reconstruction in patients with head and neck cancer

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