Microscopy is generally synonymous with microsurgery. However, plastic surgeons in some countries must performs microsurgical procedures without a well trained team or a microscope. I report my experience in 11 cases of single-handed microsurgery with high-power loupes as a sole means of magnification in a community hospital with no previous experience in the field of free tissue transfer. The success rate of this series is just over 90%, which may be low compared with international standards, but as experience grows and our organization improves, we hope to achieve much higher success rates. It also demonstrates that free tissue transfers are safe to perform with high-magnification loupes even when a team is lacking.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2003
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