Title

Complications of 100 Consecutive Local Fasciocutaneous Flaps.

Publication/Presentation Date

8-1-1991

Abstract

A resurgence of interest in the fasciocutaneous flap has been predicated on its simplicity, availability, and versatility. Its dependability in addition is documented in this analysis of complications accrued in 100 consecutive local applications. Major complications that required further surgical intervention occurred in 15 percent of patients, with an additional 11 percent of patients suffering other minor untoward events. Lower extremity wounds, particularly with concomitant peripheral vascular insufficiency, had a disproportionate share of complications. Early coverage of the acute wound ensured minimal problems, avoiding the enhanced risk of a contaminated wound. No difference in efficacy was apparent upon comparison of the various subtypes of these fasciocutaneous flaps. Not only did the fasciocutaneous flap provide salvage following failure of more conventional techniques, but it has even been proven in the proper circumstances to be a reliable initial alternative to free-flap or muscle-flap transpositions.

Volume

88

Issue

2

First Page

264

Last Page

268

ISSN

0032-1052

Disciplines

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

PubMedID

1852819

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article