MICROSURGICAL NONMICROVASCULAR FLAPS IN FOREARM AND HAND RECONSTRUCTION


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Abstract

Relatively new method in flap's surgery, perforator flaps tends to monopolize nowadays the surgeon's interest. The question is: could these flaps be used not only as free flaps, as were mainly used until now, but also as local or regional flaps? On the basis of our experience with 115 operated cases, we will try to demonstrate that a lot of simple or composite defects in the forearm and hand could be covered, in selected cases, by using local or regional perforator flaps. This may have as result, in the future, a dramatic decrease in the indication for free flap transfers. Because these flaps need a microsurgical dissection, but do not need microvascular sutures, they could be defined as “microsurgical nonmicrovascular flaps.” The main advantages of these flaps could be summarized as: no microsurgical sutures, no main vascular pedicles sacrifice, same surgical field, shorter hospitalization time.

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