HARVESTING ORAL MUCOSA FROM THE MOUTH

The surgical technique of “Harvesting oral mucosa from the mouth” is made by harvesting a strip of oral mucosa from the mouth.
There are two basic types of Harvesting oral mucosa from the mouth:

  • Harvesting the oral mucosal graft from the cheek. Using this technique, the oral graft is harvested from the internal surface of the cheek (figures 1,2,3,4). This procedure is the most frequent technique used in our Center.

  • Harvesting the oral mucosal graft from the tongue. Using this technique, the oral graft is harvested from the ventral surface of the tongue (figures 5,6,7,8,9). This procedure is used when the harvesting from the cheek is not possible.

The surgical technique of Harvesting oral mucosa from the mouth is generally suggested in the following case:

  • patients with penile or bulbar urethral strictures, requiring an augmented urethroplasty using a substitute material.

In some patients may be necessary to harvest two grafts from the mouth (figure 10). The  harvesting procedure of oral mucosa from the mouth is free of complications and the patient satisfaction and acceptance of this procedure is high (questionnaire).


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