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Session Information

SYM S016 - Choosing Between Repair Options

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Saturday, March 02

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room A208/209

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Christopher James Miller, MD, FAAD


  • Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH, FAAD
  • Tri H. Nguyen, MD, FAAD
  • Joseph Sobanko, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Apply principles of effective surgical design and technique to achieve reproducibly excellent results during flap reconstruction on the head and neck.
  • Recognize the tissue mechanics and relative indications for sliding flaps, lifting flaps, and interpolation flaps.
  • Identify wound characteristics that require modification, combination, or supplementation of flaps to maintain function and cosmesis.

This practical session will provide detailed descriptions of the design, tissue biomechanics, and indications for different types of flaps on the head and neck. Our panel of speakers, who regularly teach residents and fellows, will use clinical cases, photos, and videos to illustrate key principles necessary to succeed at every step of flap execution on the face. In-depth coverage of each topic will allow attendees to understand nuances that improve their ability to choose among different flaps on the head and neck. Each topic will build on the previous ones.


Saturday, March 02
9:00 AMStrategies to achieve reproducibly excellent results: Key principles to guide flap design / Dr. Miller
9:15 AMWhen primary closure won’t work: principles to design and execute sliding flaps (advancement and rotation flaps) / Dr. Sobanko
9:55 AMWhen sliding flaps won’t work: principles to design and execute lifting flaps (rhombic, bilobed, and trilobed) / Dr. Miller
10:35 AMWhen one stage flaps won’t work: principles to design and execute interpolation flaps on the nose and ear / Dr. Bordeaux
11:05 AMWhat to do when one flap won’t work: how to modify, combine, and supplement flaps to maintain function and cosmesis / Dr. Nguyen
11:45 AMQuestion and Answers / All faculty