DOES THE PREOPERATIVE IMAGING OF PERFORATORS WITH CT ANGIOGRAPHY IMPROVE OPERATIVE OUTCOMES IN BREAST RECONSTRUCTION?
Warren M Rozen, Namrata S Anavekar, Mark W Ashton, Damien L Stella, Damien Grinsell, Richard J Bloom, G Ian Taylor
MICROSURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: Breast reconstruction is increasingly performed with the use of the abdominal wall donor site, with potential complications including donor site morbidity and impaired flap viability. As a tool for selecting the optimal perforators which will ultimately supply the flap, preoperative imaging with computed tomography angiography (CTA) has become increasingly popular. Potential benefits include reduced intramuscular dissection, with faster and safer dissection, reduced donor site morbidity and improved flap vascularity and survival. Despite the potential for improvements in operative outcome, any benefits are yet to be established. METHODS: A cohort study of 104 breast reconstructio..View full abstract