Eur J Plast Surg (2006) 29:201–202 DOI 10.1007/s00238-006-0086-6 IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS V. Rose & T. C. Teo Received: 1 November 2005 /Accepted: 14 July 2006 / Published online: 7 October 2006 Springer-Verlag 2006 Technical Note The solution is then gently injected into the sheath. It insufflates the entire sheath (Fig. 3). With a pair of non- The technique of hydrodissection is not new. It is toothed forceps and tenotomy scissors, the sheath can be commonly used to aid surgical dissection. It involves easily split (Fig. 4). The nerve is then delivered effortlessly pressure insufflation of fluid into an anatomical space with away from the vascular pedicle (Fig. 5). The dissection a consequent increase in hydrostatic pressure that separates proceeds from distal to proximal until the entire nerve is the tissue planes. released. Recently, hydrodissection has been proposed as a This technique has the added advantage of sparing the method for harvesting the internal thoracic artery . vasa nervosum from trauma, as it is easily visualized We have been using a similar method at our institution adherent to the nerve. The nerve therefore remains for a number of years when harvesting free flaps for vascularized throughout its length. microsurgical reconstruction.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 1, 2006
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