The Preexpanded Anterolateral Thigh Free Flap.
The anterolateral thigh flap has many of the attributes of the ideal soft-tissue flap. However, a major detriment is the potential conspicuous donor site deformity, especially if skin grafted. In elective situations, preexpansion of the lateral thigh with subsequent transfer of even a wide anterolateral thigh flap can permit primary donor site closure and avoidance of a skin graft. This has been achieved successfully in 2 compliant patients, and is a reasonable solution to minimize the morbidity of this otherwise important donor site.
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Hallock, G. G. (2004). The preexpanded anterolateral thigh free flap. Annals Of Plastic Surgery, 53(2), 170-173.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty