Objective: To examine the reliability of superficial temporal artery and vein as the recipient vessels in free flap transfers in head and neck region.
Methods: From May 2001 to June 2008, 25 cases of head and neck reconstructions were performed by using the vessels in the temporal region as recipient vessels.
Results: Among the 25 recipient veins, 23 were superficial temporal veins, and 2 were deep temporal veins. The recipient arteries of all 25 free flaps were superficial temporal arteries. All the free flaps survived completely, without postoperative vessel thrombosis.
Conclusions: The superficial temporal artery and vein can be used as reliable recipient vessels in free flap transfers in head and neck region.