Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2019; 33(01): 013-016
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677880
Review Article
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Postoperative Free-Flap Monitoring Techniques

Scott Kohlert
1  Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
,
Alexandra E. Quimby
2  Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
,
Masoud Saman
3  Saman Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Plano, Texas
,
Yadranko Ducic
4  Department of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
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Publication Date:
08 March 2019 (online)

Abstract

Free tissue transfer is commonly employed in the reconstruction of large or complicated defects. Postoperative flap failure from microvascular compromise is an uncommon but major potential complication of this procedure. As such, many postoperative monitoring techniques devices have been developed. This paper provides an overview of the wide variety of options available for surgeons today.