Current techniques in the post-operative monitoring of microvascular free-tissue transfers

Current techniques in the post-operative monitoring of microvascular free-tissue transfers Accurate assessment of the perfusion of free-tissue transfers has always been a challenge for surgeons undertaking microvascular reconstructive procedures. Microvascular free-tissue transfer today has a high success rate, which is partly due to the monitoring of flap circulation post-operatively. Recent advances in technology and improvements in surgical technique have led to reported success rates of between 95% and 98%. The aim of post-operative surveillance is the early recognition of flap compromise to improve chances of flap salvage and lower morbidity and mortality rates. There is extensive literature available on post-operative monitoring, and, although many techniques to assess flap perfusion have been described, a standard, reliable, universally accepted method, other than bedside clinical observation by the medical and nursing staff, remains elusive. This review outlines the current clinical and experimental flap monitoring methods available. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Current techniques in the post-operative monitoring of microvascular free-tissue transfers

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-004-0680-4
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Abstract

Accurate assessment of the perfusion of free-tissue transfers has always been a challenge for surgeons undertaking microvascular reconstructive procedures. Microvascular free-tissue transfer today has a high success rate, which is partly due to the monitoring of flap circulation post-operatively. Recent advances in technology and improvements in surgical technique have led to reported success rates of between 95% and 98%. The aim of post-operative surveillance is the early recognition of flap compromise to improve chances of flap salvage and lower morbidity and mortality rates. There is extensive literature available on post-operative monitoring, and, although many techniques to assess flap perfusion have been described, a standard, reliable, universally accepted method, other than bedside clinical observation by the medical and nursing staff, remains elusive. This review outlines the current clinical and experimental flap monitoring methods available.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2005

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