Journal article

Modifying techniques in deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap harvest with the use of preoperative imaging

Warren M Rozen, Mark W Ashton

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Abstract New techniques in the harvest of deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flaps have become introduced as a result of modern imaging technologies that can allow virtual surgery to be achieved preoperatively. With computed tomographic angiography, individual anatomy can be appreciated in detail to a level not previously appreciated. These imaging techniques can be successfully used to guide DIEP flap surgery. 'Optimal' perforators can be selected based on size, location, intramuscular and subcutaneous course, and their association with motor nerves. Flap design can be safely achieved based on the cutaneous distribution of perforators. Abdominal wall closure can be improved b..

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