Single-handed free tissue transfer without a microscope

Single-handed free tissue transfer without a microscope 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Single-handed free tissue transfer without a microscope

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-003-0514-9
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Abstract

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.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2003

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