How do I check my free flap?

How do I check my free flap?

There are several approaches to monitoring free flaps postoperatively, including physical examination, labora- tory testing, and the use of medical devices. Oftentimes, more than 1 method is employed to enhance the ability to detect a vascular problem.

Why do free flaps fail?

Causes of failure Vascular occlusion (thrombosis) remains the primary reason for flap loss, with venous thrombosis being more common than arterial occlusion. The majority of flap failures occur within the first 48 hours. A number of authors have investigated the causes and timing of flap failure.

What is a microvascular free flap?

Microvascular free-tissue transfer is a technique that involves the harvest of the patient’s own soft tissues and/or bone from remote anatomical sites. These flaps, along with their defined vasculature, are then used to reconstruct defects.

How long does a free flap take to heal?

Keeping the site moist with the above procedures will hasten healing and provide you with the nicest scar possible. Do not wear make up over the incisions or flap until the sutures are removed (or have dissolved), and a thin layer of new skin covers the area. This usually takes 7 to 10 days.

How do you know if flap is viable?

The majority of free flaps can be directly visualized, and vitality of the flap can be assessed simply by checking the colour of the tissue, turgor, capillary refill and bleeding.

What is flap failure?

Methods: A review of 1,530 flaps performed in 1,592 patients between 1998 and 2006 were evaluated to identify late flap failure. Late flap failure was defined as failure occurring after postoperative day 7 or on follow-up visits after hospital discharge.

What happens in flap failure?

Complete flap failure: Essentially failure of the microvascular anastomosis. Partial flap failure: Part of the flap is lost. The flap survives, but fails to achieve the desired goal completely. Unacceptable/significant donor site morbidity.

What is the success rate of flap surgery?

Free flap surgery is overall considered the gold standard in head and neck reconstruction, with a success rate of about 95% 1-3. The most dreaded complication in this procedure is a total loss of the flap.

Does a free flap have blood supply?

Local Flaps Versus Free Flaps A flap is any piece of tissue that is moved to cover a wound. A free flap is a piece of tissue that is disconnected from its’ original blood supply, and is moved a significant distance to be reconnected to a new blood supply. Let us use a lamp as an example.

What is a free flap in medical terms?

A type of surgery used to rebuild the shape of the breast after a mastectomy. A tissue flap, including blood vessels, skin, fat, and sometimes muscle, is removed from one area of the body, such as the back or abdomen.

What does a failed skin graft look like?

WHAT DOES A FAILED SKIN GRAFT LOOK LIKE? Compromised or failed skin grafts are characterized by continuous pain, numbness, fever, discoloration, redness, swelling, or a breakdown of tissue. The most obvious sign of an unhealthy skin graft is darkening skin that lacks the pink appearance of healthy skin.

How do you treat skin flaps?


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Control the bleeding.
  3. Gently clean the wound with warm clean water.
  4. Gently pat dry with a clean towel.
  5. If a skin flap is still attached, try to replace it by gently rolling the skin back over the wound.
  6. Cover the wound with a clean, non-stick pad.

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