Replantation of a lip thrown in the bin

J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2022 Feb;123(1):81-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jormas.2021.01.003. Epub 2021 Jan 8.


Management of soft tissue avulsion after facial bites could be challenging in some situation. We presented the case of a 32 years old men suffering from a full thickness avulsion of the left lower lip and cheek after a dog bite. Even if the lip fragment was initially put on the bin, a microvascular replantation was performed. The vascularization was based on the left inferior labial artery. No veins were found. We used post-operative leech therapy to avoid venous congestion during 10 days. A large antibiotherapy was conducted. Adaptation of antibiotics blood concentration was also necessary due to the permanent bleeding caused by leech therapy. At the 6 month consultation, the patient recovered an impressive labial function and sensibility. Replantation gives the best functional and esthetical outcomes in these rare and complex cases. Artificial blood drainage, large antibiotic therapy and close post-operative follow-up are significant parts of the replantation success.

Keywords: Dog bite; Leech therapy; Lip replantation; Microsurgery; Monitoring.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bites and Stings* / complications
  • Bites and Stings* / surgery
  • Dogs
  • Face
  • Humans
  • Lip / surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*