• The “Patent-Lumen” Vein Graft Harvesting Technique in Free Flap Reconstruction

    One year ago - By Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

    The success of microsurgical reconstruction is dependent on the availability of recipient vessels for restoration of flow within the transferred tissues. Vessels located within or adjacent to the defect to be reconstructed are the ideal choice.1 However, certain conditions such as in extensive traumatic tissue injury or vascular disease adjacent to the defect, preclude the use of these vessels and require more distant vascular access.2 Under such circumstances, vein grafts may be required to bridge the gap between the flap pedicle and the remote recipient artery and vein.
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