Buccal fat pad - a simple, underutilised flap

  • E Meyer Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
  • S J R Liebenberg Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
  • J J Fagan Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
Keywords: Buccal, Fat, Pedicle, Flap

Abstract

The pedicled buccal fat pad is a reliable flap for the repair of small oral defects. It is durable, easy to harvest and should be considered in settings where access to free flaps is limited and in cases where previous flaps have failed. We discuss a case where this flap was used successfully for closure of an oro-antral fistula. The indications, anatomy and techniques of successful harvest are discussed.

Author Biographies

E Meyer, Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Cape Town
S J R Liebenberg, Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
Registrar Division of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Cape Town
Published
2012-03-29
How to Cite
Meyer, E., Liebenberg, S., & Fagan, J. (2012). Buccal fat pad - a simple, underutilised flap. South African Journal of Surgery, 50(2), 47-49. https://doi.org/10.7196/sajs.1057
Section
Case Reports