Microsurgical reconstruction of the head and neck - Current practice of maxillofacial units in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Mücke, Thomas; Müller, Andreas Albert; Kansy, Katinka; Hallermann, Wock; Kerkmann, Heiko; Schuck, Nils; Zeilhofer, Hans-Florian; Hoffmann, Jürgen; Hölzle, Frank; DÖSAK collaborative group for Microsurgical Reconstruction, (2011). Microsurgical reconstruction of the head and neck - Current practice of maxillofacial units in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery, 39(6), pp. 449-52. Oxford: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jcms.2010.10.019

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Refinement in microvascular reconstructive techniques over the last 30 years has enabled an increasing number of patients to be rehabilitated for both functional and aesthetic reasons. The purpose of this study was to evaluate different microsurgical practice, including perioperative management, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The DÖSAK collaborative group for Microsurgical Reconstruction developed a detailed questionnaire which was circulated to units in the three countries. The current practice of the departments was evaluated. Thirty-eight questionnaires were completed resulting in a 47.5% response rate. A considerable variation in the number of microsurgical reconstructions per year was noted. In relation to the timing of bony reconstruction, 10 hospitals did reconstructions primarily (26.3%), 19 secondarily (50%) and 9 (23.7%) hospitals used both concepts. In the postoperative course, 15.8% of hospitals use inhibitors of platelet aggregation, most hospitals use low molecular heparin (52.6%) or other heparin products (44.7%). This survey shows variation in the performance, management, and care of microsurgical reconstructions of patients. This is due in part to the microvascular surgeons available in the unit but it is also due to different types of hospitals where various types of care can be performed in these patients needing special perioperative care.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Hallermann, Wock Fritz

ISSN:

1010-5182

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:11

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 19:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jcms.2010.10.019

PubMed ID:

21112796

Web of Science ID:

000294575100011

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1887 (FactScience: 203932)

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