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Invited Commentary
October 13, 2016

Evidence-Based Perioperative Treatment After Free Tissue ReconstructionMoving From Alchemy to Data

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online October 13, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3117

The use of free tissue transfer (FTT) in the head and neck has made considerable strides since the first procedures were performed nearly 40 years ago.1 Free tissue transfer began as a risky and extremely time-consuming procedure, yet through improved instrumentation and accumulated experience, head and neck defects are now routinely treated with FTT. Furthermore, the expansion of indications for FTT has resulted in surgeons tackling cases of increasingly greater difficulty with regularity.

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