Combination of a fillet flap, free tissue transfer, and autologous tissue grafts in pelvic reconstruction following retroperitoneal sarcoma: a case report

Microsurgery. 2015 May;35(4):320-3. doi: 10.1002/micr.22352. Epub 2014 Nov 8.


The resection of large pelvic tumors is challenging due to their infiltrative nature into multiple structures and organ systems. In this report, we describe the use of multiple vascularized and nonvascularized spare parts to reconstruct a pelvic defect in a patient with a uniquely large pelvic sarcoma invading the spinal canal. A 39-year-old Caucasian female who presented with a large retroperitoneal sarcoma where the tumor encased the left ureter, kidney, colon, and external iliac vessels and invaded the L3-S1 vertebral bodies. An extensive hemipelvectomy and reconstruction was performed over two days. A free thigh and leg fillet flap together with ipsilateral fibula flap, based on the superficial femoral artery and venae comitantes, was used for spinal reinforcement as well as abdominal and pelvic wall reconstruction. The postoperative course was uneventful without complications, no flap compromise or wound healing problems. After a follow-up period of 4 months, the patient had no complications and returned to activities of daily living with mild limitations. The success of this flap procedure shows the practicality and usefulness of using the full spectrum of tissue transfer for the purposes of a large pelvic reconstruction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fibula / transplantation
  • Hemipelvectomy*
  • Humans
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Retroperitoneal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Sarcoma / surgery*
  • Surgical Flaps*
  • Transplantation, Autologous