Title

Laser deepithelialization of the transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap.

Publication/Presentation Date

10-1-1992

Abstract

Total or partial skin deepithelialization of the transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flap is an integral component of this technique for achieving a successful breast reconstruction. In a manner similar to dermabrasion, the carbon dioxide laser in a defocused mode permits precise removal by vaporization of the epidermis and outer dermis. The extended application of this method for deepithelializing the TRAM flap is simple, rapid, and safe. Because a portion of the dermis always remains intact, another inherent advantage of this method is preservation of the subdermal vascular plexus that may be important for maintaining any precarious flap perfusion.

Volume

29

Issue

4

First Page

309

Last Page

313

ISSN

0148-7043

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery

PubMedID

1466526

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article