J Reconstr Microsurg 1987; 3(3): 233-241
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1006989

© 1987 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

The Sural Artery and Vein as Recipient Vessels in Free Flap Reconstruction about the Knee

Peter E. Johnson, Gerald D. Harris, Daniel J. Nagle, Victor L. Lewis
  • Division of Plastic Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
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Accepted for publication 1986

08. März 2008 (online)


The sural artery and vein were used successfully as recipient vessels in nine patients who required free flap reconstruction about the knee. The anatomy of the sural vessels and the potential advantages of their use as free flap recipients are reviewed and discussed. Indications include popliteal vessels that are absent or severely damaged, as determined by preoperative angiography. No anastomotic complications were encountered in this series, indicating that the sural artery and vein can be used successfully as recipient vessels.