Laser deepithelialization of the transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap.
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.
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Hallock, G. G., & Rice, D. C. (1992). Laser deepithelialization of the transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap. Annals Of Plastic Surgery, 29(4), 309-313.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty