Journal article

Fasciocutaneous Free Flaps Are More Reliable Than Muscle Free Flaps in Lower Limb Trauma Reconstruction: Experience in a Single Trauma Center

Foti Sofiadellis, David S Liu, Angela Webb, Kirsty MacGill, Warren Matthew Rozen, Mark W Ashton

JOURNAL OF RECONSTRUCTIVE MICROSURGERY | THIEME MEDICAL PUBL INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Muscle (M) and fasciocutaneous (FC) free flaps are frequently used options in the reconstruction of traumatic lower limb injuries. The use of one flap over another has remained the topic of controversy in the literature. With a large experience, we sought to evaluate key outcomes of M versus FC free flap reconstructions in lower limb trauma in a single trauma center. METHODS: A consecutive 7- year review of all free flap reconstructions for lower limb trauma performed at the Royal Melbourne Hospital was conducted. Patient data were prospectively entered into a unit database and retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: One hundred three patients underwent 105 free flap reconstructions (..

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