Title

Minimally Invasive Harvest of The Gracilis Muscle.

Publication/Presentation Date

9-1-1999

Abstract

Acceptance of minimally invasive plastic surgery has been predicated on decreasing morbidity while maintaining the quality and costs of outcomes. The major patient complaint about the gracilis muscle donor site has almost solely been related to the length of the thigh scar, and thus would appear to be an ideal indication for outcome improvement using minimally invasive techniques. A method of endoscopically assisted gracilis muscle harvest, therefore, was developed, starting with a transverse incision just proximal to the knee to identify the gracilis tendon. This endoscopic port allows retrograde subfascial dissection of the muscle and precise identification of its anatomic course, whereupon a small proximal medial thigh incision can be made secondarily for direct access to the vascular pedicle. This variation has now been used successfully in 10 patients. The mean proximal thigh scar length was 8.30 +/- 0.74 (SD) cm, and total surgical scars measured 11.84 +/- 0.95 cm, compared with 27.73 +/- 9.55 cm for 16 patients for whom an open method had been used. This diminished scar length was a statistically significant improvement (p < 0.05), verifying the value of the surgical endoscope as an adjunct for harvest of the gracilis muscle as a free flap.

Volume

104

Issue

3

First Page

801

Last Page

805

ISSN

0032-1052

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

10456535

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article