Title

Complications of the Free-Flap Donor Site From a Community Hospital Perspective.

Publication/Presentation Date

10-1-1991

Abstract

Techniques for achieving appropriate wound healing with minimal aesthetic or functional deformity of the microsurgical flap donor site are often assumed to be of minor importance or blatantly overlooked. Surprisingly, an analysis of 115 consecutive free-tissue transfers by a single surgeon within a community hospital setting, revealed an overall donor-site complication rate of 31 percent, with significant disability from major complications occurring in 10 percent of cases. Recognition of the projected morbidity of alternative donor sites therefore deserves scrutiny, with the same intensity as does consideration for flap selection, previously done solely to fulfill the requirements of the recipient site. While flap viability has previously been the criterion for success, the future dictates that morbidity at the donor site be an equally important consideration.

Volume

7

Issue

4

First Page

331

Last Page

334

ISSN

0743-684X

Disciplines

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

PubMedID

1753374

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article