alexa Clinical experience of 1284 free anterolateral thigh flaps.


Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research

Author(s): Gedebou TM, Wei FC, Lin CH

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Abstract The past decade has witnessed yet another rebirth in reconstructive surgery with the introduction of the so-called "perforator flaps". The demonstration of safe harvest of skin flaps based on dissection of cutaneous pedicles regardless of the course taken (through muscle or septum) has been revolutionary in allowing much greater choice in donor sites. Based on our experience in 1284 cases, the anterolateral thigh (ALT) region has proven itself to be an ideal donor site with reliable vascularity, ease of harvest and tremendous versatility. Inclusive in this flap is a large cutaneous territory, multiple components (adipofascial, muscle, fascia and skin) and possibility of chimeric applications. Although particularly useful in the head and neck (911 cases), the ALT flap was applied to reconstruct defects throughout the body. Donor site morbidity is limited as well. In short, the anterolateral thigh flap represents one of the most useful soft tissue flaps for free tissue transplantation. This article was published in Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research

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