• Relaxing Fish-mouth Incision for a Tight Coupler Anastomosis

    6 monthes ago - By Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

    The microvascular coupler device has reduced operative times and increased patency rates. Attempting to place a smaller tightly fitting vessel around a larger coupler ring can tear vessels and may require substitution with a smaller coupler device, which can not only add additional cost but also compromise the flap.We describe the theoretic and clinical aspects of the ‘fish-mouthing' technique that we employ to help with the discrepancy in size of a smaller vessel compared to the coupler ring. The technique involves a longitudinal fish-mouth opening incision into the vessel lumen, prior to...
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