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Xi Liu, Hui Zhang, Shiqiang Cen, Fuguo Huang
BACKGROUND: Though several systematic reviews concerned have been published, controversy still exists. The current systematic review was designed to clarify the detailed advantages and disadvantages of the negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) in treatment of open fractures in comparison with the conventional wound dressings. METHODS: A systematic search was performed in Pubmed, Cochrane Library, Embase, and Google Scholar for the published relevant clinical studies...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
T Mücke, L H Schmidt, A M Fichter, K-D Wolff, L M Ritschl
Venous congestion results in tissue damage and remains the most common reason for failure of transfer of microvascular free flaps if it is not recognised early. The purpose of this study was to measure the critical duration of venous congestion and the resultant survival of flaps according to the duration of venous stasis. A standard epigastric flap was raised and repositioned in 35 rats, seven of which acted as controls. The superficial inferior epigastric vein was fully occluded for four, five, six, or seven hours in the rest (n=7 each group)...
March 16, 2018: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Marco Ellis, Lisa Hwang, Ni-Ka Ford, Konstantin Slavin
BACKGROUND: Full-thickness scalp defects pose a reconstructive problem, especially in the setting of infection, chemotherapy/radiation, and underlying cranial defects. Current options include dermal matrices, skin grafts, and local flaps. Local flaps often fail, requiring subsequent microvascular free flap reconstruction. OBJECTIVE: To describe the visor flap, a novel bipedicled advancement flap design, and its role in reconstruction of scalp defects. METHODS: A retrospective review of 21 adult patients who developed scalp defects reconstructed using the visor flap from 2013 to 2017...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Hak Chang, SeungHwan Hwang, SooA Lim, SuRak Eo, Kyung Won Minn, Ki Yong Hong
BACKGROUND: Muscle flap is a valuable option in soft tissue reconstruction. Denervated skeletal muscle is known to undergo degeneration. However, information regarding histological and genetic changes in muscle free flap without reinnervation over long-term follow-up remains unclear. METHODS: We collected flap muscles obtained during secondary exploration surgery after more than 15 years of previous muscle free flap without reinnervation. Compared with normal muscle and fat, histomorphometric and gene expression analysis of flap muscle were performed...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Ruifu Yang, Mingwu Zhou, Chaofeng Xing, Shimin Li, Li Song, Jia Chen, Yingjie Xiong, Kai Zhang
Objective: To expound the clinical effect of a new operation by transplanting double segment triangular fibula flap with vascular pedicle to repair the forefoot with lateral bone defect, and to study how to improve the operation method in the following stage. Methods: The inclusion criteria: More than 2 phalangeal and metatarsal bones defects of the lateral forefoot, widespread skin and soft tissue defects on pelma and dorsal foot, and destruction of the anterior aspect of foot arch, which seriously affects the foot function...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Alexandre Bozec, Pierre Demez, Jocelyn Gal, Emmanuel Chamorey, Marie-Yolande Louis, David Blanchard, Dominique De Raucourt, Jean-Claude Merol, Esteban Brenet, Olivier Dassonville, Gilles Poissonnet, José Santini, Frédéric Peyrade, Karen Benezery, Maria Lesnik, Etienne Berta, Pierre Ransy, Emmanuel Babin
OBJECTIVE: To assess long-term quality of life (QoL) and psycho-social outcomes, and to determine their predictive factors after oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) surgery and radial forearm free-flap (RFFF) reconstruction. METHODS: Patients who had undergone OPC surgery and RFFF reconstruction who were still alive and disease-free at least 1 year after surgery were enrolled in this prospective multicentric study. Patients completed the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Core (QLQ-C30) and Head and Neck Cancer (QLQ-H&N35) QoL questionnaires, the Voice Handicap Index (VHI-10) questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
Rebecca Shirley, Janka Fazekas, Martin McNally, Alex Ramsden
Aim : This study aimed to define the costs of surgical management of chronic osteomyelitis where free tissue transfer was required in addition to debridement of bone, particularly the increased costs incurred by a return to theatre. We hypothesised that there would be a significantly greater cost when patients required re-exploration for vascular compromise. Method : We retrospectively analysed the costs of a consecutive series of sixty patient episodes treated at the Bone Infection Unit in Oxford from 2012 to 2015...
2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Infection
Jun Li, Yi Shen, Liang Wang, Jin-Bing Wang, Jian Sun, Thorsen W Haugen
PURPOSE: The aims of this study are to review our surgical experience in maxillary and midface reconstruction using free vascularized tissue and to compare the postoperative outcomes based on superficial temporal versus cervical recipient vessels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients who underwent maxillary and midface reconstruction with free vascularized tissue from March 2001 to July 2014. Two groups were analyzed: those in whom superficial temporal vessels were used as the recipient vessels and those in whom cervical vessels were used as the recipient vessels...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Chengshuai Yang, Shunyao Shen, Jingyang Wu, Shilei Zhang
Mandibular reconstruction after partial or subtotal resection is considered a challenging procedure that is crucial for facial contour and function. Many reports regarding the reconstruction of mandibular defects have been published over the years. The fibula free flap has become a popular option for mandibular reconstruction since its introduction by Hidalgo in 1989. However, the locations of the reconstructed mandibular angle and the condyle of the fibular bone segments play a crucial role in facial symmetry and function...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Khoi Anh Nguyen, Truong Xuan Bui, Hue Van Nguyen, Richard O Wein
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of the study was to evaluate for the functional improvement of outcomes of patients undergoing surgical management for tongue cancer at varying periods after surgery. DESIGN: Case series with intervention. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty consecutive patients, from 2011 to 2015, with carcinoma of the tongue undergoing surgical resection and reconstruction with a radial forearm free flap. MAIN MEASURES: The Speech Intelligibility Test (SIT) is used for objective evaluation of speech function...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Sheng Yan, Hangyan Shi, Da Chen, Jincai Guo, Yi Sun, Sufan Wu
The reconstruction of large full-thickness scalp defects remains a surgical challenge, especially when the skull is exposed completely without periosteum. Surgical technique options for wound coverage have included tissue expansion, skin grafting, local or regional flaps, and microvascular free tissue transfer. In recent years, some authors have reported to use biological material as an alternative for repairing complex wounds. The authors report the successful reconstruction of a large defect with bare skull in bilateral temporal regions of a 3-year-old child...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
R Cuthbert, C Deutsch, A Roy, P Stimpson, H Patel
Introduction The free jejunal flap represents the gold standard for circumferential defects in upper digestive tract reconstruction. It is a technically demanding procedure with significant failure rates. Unrecognised failure leads to flap necrosis and potentially fatal sequelae, including sepsis and carotid artery bleed. Despite these catastrophic consequences, however, there remains no consensus on an optimum method for postoperative flap monitoring. Our unit has pioneered the use of external colour duplex ultrasound to monitor flap vascularity...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Dorothee Boehm, Konstantin Bergmeister, Emre Gazyakan, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Volker J Schmidt
AIMS: Reconstruction of breasts and chest wall deformities in female patients after severe burn injury is a challenge for reconstructive surgeons. In these patients, neither implant-based procedures nor standard free flaps are sometimes applicable because of limited skin quality and unavailability of donor sites at the abdomen, back, buttock, or medial thigh. METHODS: We present a case of a young female patient with a history of 80 % total body surface area burn after electric high-voltage injury...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Mark L Urken, Ansley M Roche, Kimberly J Kiplagat, Eliza H Dewey, Cathy Lazarus, Ilya Likhterov, Daniel Buchbinder, Devin J Okay
BACKGROUND: Palatomaxillary defects were historically restored with a prosthetic obturator; however, advances in local and free tissue transfer has provided a viable alternative for appropriately selected patients with palatomaxillary defects. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients who underwent palatomaxillary reconstruction by the lead author between 1998 and 2016 was conducted. Patients who were restored with a palatal obturator were excluded. RESULTS: One hundred forty patients were reconstructed with a total of 159 local, regional, and free flaps with a 96...
March 14, 2018: Head & Neck
Katharine M Hinchcliff, Jessica Crockett, Steven W Thorpe, Christopher O Bayne
Long ischemia times adversely affect free flap survival, and large muscle flaps are particularly vulnerable. Hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) is a well-established method of organ preservation, and recent literature has detailed the use of HMP to extend free flap ischemia times, predominantly in the laboratory setting. One limitation in the study and adoption of free flap HMP has been the availability of standardized perfusion machinery, as thus far institutions have built their own devices. We present a case of a 75-year-old woman with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma of her right proximal femur...
March 14, 2018: Microsurgery
Siba Haykal, Mélissa Roy, Ashit Patel
BACKGROUND:  In 1986, Marko Godina published his seminal work regarding the timing of free-flap reconstruction for traumatic extremity defects. Early reconstruction, compared with delayed and late reconstruction resulted in significant decreases in free-flap failure rate, post-operative infections, hospitalization time, bone healing time, and number of additional anesthesias. The objective of this manuscript was to evaluate whether these principles continue to apply. METHODS:  A meta-analysis was performed analyzing articles from Medline, Embase, and Pubmed...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Raquel Bernardelli Iamaguchi, Renan Lyuji Takemura, Gustavo Bersani Silva, Jairo Andre de Oliveira Alves, Luciano Ruiz Torres, Alvaro Baik Cho, Teng Hsiang Wei, Marcelo Rosa de Rezende, Rames Mattar
INTRODUCTION: Indication of free tissue transfer for limb reconstruction continues to grow, and despite the good results with this treatment option, complications can impair the functional results and cause a raise in health costs, with prolonged hospitalization. Therefore, peri-operative surgical information and comorbidities were described and analyzed, for identification of independent risk factors for complications of free flaps results for traumatic wounds. For our knowledge, intraoperative ischemia time of free flap was not previously studied for post-traumatic limb reconstruction, which could influence results, in these traumatic cases, with the highest rates of complications among microsurgical flap reconstructions...
March 13, 2018: International Orthopaedics
M Sohn, M Dietrich, A Wirthmann, U M Rieger
BACKGROUND: Due to the rising incidence of penile cancer and increasing life expectancy in western nations, the current international guidelines recommend a less aggressive surgical approach with reduced safety margins and preferably with organ preservation. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this review is to review the current data on stage-dependent reconstructive surgical techniques and their oncological and functional results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five recently published reviews and several single studies and publications on the topic of organ-sparing surgical techniques and penile reconstruction were evaluated to draw conclusions for surgery in penile cancer...
March 13, 2018: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
T Liu, F L Bao, S J Kang, T Jiang, D S Huang, W Gao, L J Geng, Y M Hu
Objective: To explore a standard procedure for the treatment of combined dorsal and palmar internal fixation for complex four part distal radius fractures and assess its clinical results. Methods: From May 2009 to October 2016, 38 patients(39 sides)who suffered from complex four part distal radius fractures were performed operatively with open reduction and internal fixation via combined dorsal and palmar approach in Department of Orthopaedic Trauma, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University(Qingdao). The series included 22 males(22 sides) and 16 females(17 sides)...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
H W Guo, W S Kong, Y Q Lai, F Kuang, J W Zhuang, Z G Shan
Objective: To explore the diagnosis, therapy and prevention method of chronic sternal osteomyelitis with sinus tract after cardiovascular surgery. Methods: A total of 53 patients with chronic sternal sinus tract after cardiovascular surgery between January 2000 and January 2016. After definite diagnosis by contrast fistulography and CT scanning, all the patients received combined modality therapy including debridement, musculocutaneous flap transplantation and intermediate thickness free skin graft transplantation if necessary...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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