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Atlas of Regional and Free Flaps for Head and Neck Reconstruction

Flap Harvest and Insetting, 2nd Edition

Section Editor(s): Gruber, Ronald P. M.D.; Review Editor

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: December 2012 - Volume 130 - Issue 6 - p 1398
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318277ae4c
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Head and neck reconstruction is a vast and complex topic. The second edition of Atlas of Regional and Free Flaps for Head and Neck Reconstruction describes regional and free flaps most often used in head and neck reconstruction. Each chapter details the anatomy of a flap, its evolution, and its uses. Some chapters expand on flap insetting. There are two additional parts on nerve grafting and recipient vessel harvesting techniques. There are no sections dedicated to decision making.


The book has plenty of beautiful anatomical drawings and pictures of cadaveric dissections. The neurovascular anatomy presented is interesting and well supported by literature references. However, relevant information on each flap, such as specific indications and advantages, cannot be found at first glance. A chapter summary highlighting important facts would have been useful.

The book comes with full online access to additional videos on most but not all of the flaps discussed in the book. Although these videos are helpful, they cover only flaps from the first edition of the book and an update to match the second edition would have been beneficial to readers.

Seventeen years have passed since the first edition and most of the “new flaps” presented in this book are now routinely used by microsurgeons. The book still offers a valuable overview of relevant flaps for surgeons and residents less familiar with flap dissection in head and neck reconstruction. However, as mentioned in its Foreword, this book is not intended as an exhaustive work on head and neck reconstruction, and the author refers to a second book, Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Reconstruction: A Defect-Oriented Approach, to complete the matter.

In conclusion, this book, as indicated by its title, is an atlas of flap for head and neck reconstruction. It does not pretend to be an exhaustive work on all the aspects of head and neck reconstruction. It is a visually pleasing and accurate anatomy book with a clear presentation of the surgical anatomy of flaps.

Amélie Bourget, M.D.

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