Journal article

Postoperative Monitoring of Free Flaps in Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Multicenter Comparison of 398 Flaps Using Clinical Monitoring, Microdialysis, and the Implantable Doppler Probe

Iain S Whitaker, Warren M Rozen, Daniel Chubb, Rafael Acosta, Birgitte J Kiil, Hanne Birke-Sorensen, Damien Grinsell, Mark W Ashton

JOURNAL OF RECONSTRUCTIVE MICROSURGERY | THIEME MEDICAL PUBL INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

Many techniques for flap monitoring following free tissue transfer have been described; however, there is little evidence that any of these techniques allow for greater rates of flap salvage over clinical monitoring alone. We sought to compare three established monitoring techniques across three experienced microsurgical centers in a comparable cohort of patients. A retrospective, matched cohort study of 398 consecutive free flaps in 347 patients undergoing autologous breast reconstruction was undertaken across three institutions during the same 3-year period, with a single form of postoperative monitoring used at each institution: clinical monitoring alone, the Cook-Swartz implantable Doppl..

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