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    Free tissue transfer from the subscapular system provides a wide array of options for both soft tissue and bony reconstruction. When bone stock is required for head and neck reconstruction, both the lateral scapular border free flap (LSBFF), supplied by the circumflex scapular artery, and the scapular tip free flap (STFF), supplied by the angular artery, are excellent options. Issues with positioning had previously prevented the widespread use of these bony subscapular system flaps. However, through the use of a Spider Limb Positioner, current clinical practice patterns allow for two team approaches in both of these free flaps. The following pictorial essay compares and contrasts the specific positioning and harvesting technique used for both the LSBFF and STFF, while discussing the clinical advantages and drawbacks of each. Both the lateral border scapula and scapular tip free flaps provide excellent bone stock for head and neck reconstruction. By positioning with currently available technology, both of these free flaps can be harvested through a two team approach. © 2021 Wiley Periodicals LLC.


    Allen L Feng, Hassan B Nasser, Keith A Casper, Kelly M Malloy, Chaz L Stucken, Mark E Prince, Andrew J Rosko, Steven B Chinn, Matthew E Spector. Lateral border and scapular tip free flaps: Old school versus new school. Head & neck. 2022 Feb;44(2):576-581

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