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Free flap surgery: the Welsh Regional Unit experience.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of plastic surgery
Publication Date
Volume
42
Issue
4
Pages
435–440
Identifiers
PMID: 2765737
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The evolution and uses of free tissue transfer since 1976 are documented. Two hundred free flaps have been performed with an overall success rate of 91%. The factors which may influence survival are the type of flap used, the recipient region and the timing of surgery following trauma. Twenty-five percent of cases required re-exploration postoperatively, of which 78% were successfully salvaged. Venous thrombosis was the commonest problem and appears better tolerated than arterial occlusion. Eighty-two percent of venous thromboses were salvaged compared with only 50% of arterial failures.

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