Minimally Invasive Harvesting of Adipofascial Scapular Flaps

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Abstract

Introduction

Scapular flaps are a reliable system for reconstruction. Disadvantages of reconstruction with these flaps include unsightly scars at the donor site due to wound healing under excessive tension and the use of skin grafts. Minimally invasive harvesting techniques may reduce potential donor-site morbidity. There has been no report on endoscopically assisted harvesting of the scapular adipofascial flap.

Methods

Two patients with large defects are reviewed. Endoscopically assisted minimally invasive techniques for harvest of scapular adipofascial flaps were used in reconstruction of these soft-tissue defects.

Results

Both defects were successfully reconstructed in the primary setting without any donor-site wound complications.

Conclusions

This is the first time that a scapular flap has been harvested successfully with a minimally invasive technique for reconstruction. This technique allows the use of a scapular flap as a pedicled flap or as a free flap. Minimally invasive harvest of the adipofascial scapular flap has the advantages of short incision and better cosmesis of the donor site, for scarring is minimized and the incision can be closed primarily without skin grafting therefore reducing donor-site morbidity compared with the traditional open technique.

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