Using tissue from the patient’s forearm surgeons at Fortis Hospital, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore successfully performed a free flap surgery (reconstruct of tongue) on a 37 year old man who was diagnosed with tongue cancer.
The patient complained of ulcer on the tongue associated with bleeding which was not healing since three months. Initially, it was a pea sized ulcer which later grew up to 3.3cms.
Dr Susheen Dutt, Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore said, “Bala (patient) came to us with the complaint of ulcer on tongue which did not heal for 3 months. There was a visible growth on the tongue surface and the diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy and histopathology. The reports indicated that the patient is suffering from cancer. After a lot of team discussions, we suggested a radial forearm free flap, i.e. a tongue reconstruction surgery using tissue from his forearm.”
In radial forearm free flap surgery tissue from, arm muscle can be used to replace parts of the mouth, throat, or jawbone which are need of repair.
Speaking about the entire procedure, Dr Susheen Dutt added, “The …