16| Volume 50, SUPPLEMENT 1, S7, June 2012

Free tissue transfer following gun shot injuries to face

      Introduction: Facial gunshot wounds frequently represent a complex challenge for the surgeon. The extent of soft tissue damage, immediately after injury, is typically not always apparent. High rates of significant tissue necrosis, ischemia, and infection further complicate reconstructive efforts. For optimal recovery, an appropriate reconstructive approach should involve three stages:
      • 1.
        Initial stabilization.
      • 2.
        Definitive reconstruction.
      • 3.
        Secondary revision and rehabilitation.
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