Stephen J Vega

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METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed 500 free TRAM flaps performed between 1992 and 2003. This cohort was subdivided based on smoking history, obesity, preoperative chemotherapy, preoperative radiation therapy, peripheral vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and hypertension, and compared surgical complication rates.(More)
BACKGROUND Attempts to limit the impact of autogenous breast reconstruction on the abdominal wall have led to the use of the muscle-sparing free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM), the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP), and the superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flaps. The purpose of this study was to compare the(More)
BACKGROUND Microvascular anastomosis is one of the more critical aspects of free flap surgery. A safe, effective, and expedient method for venous anastomosis minimizes flap ischemia time, is easier on the surgical team, and saves costly operating room time. The authors report on their experience using the Synovis microvascular anastomotic coupling device in(More)
Mucormycosis is the most acute, fulminate, and fatal of all fungal infections in humans. It presents most frequently in immunocompromised patients, but can occur in healthy patients in the presence of often-insignificant trauma. Surgical management of primary cutaneous mucormycosis is almost always required. Case reports of surgical treatment for primary(More)
BACKGROUND This study reports on the longitudinal experience and outcomes of one surgeon performing free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flaps on 500 consecutive patients between 1992 and 2003. METHODS A retrospective review of hospital and outpatient records was performed. Specific risk factors for successful reconstruction were(More)
Bilateral breast reconstruction utilizing autologous free tissue transfer is a complex procedure with multiple options for donor tissue available. This study set out to compare the outcomes of patients undergoing bilateral breast reconstruction with muscle-sparing free TRAM flaps versus those undergoing bilateral reconstructions utilizing procedures which(More)
BACKGROUND The ability of the immature skull to spontaneously heal large bony defects created after craniofacial procedures was examined over a 25-year period of craniofacial surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. METHODS Only patients who underwent frontal orbital advancement and reconstruction, had at least 1 year of documented follow-up,(More)
BACKGROUND The authors critically evaluated the use of autologous blood donation in patients who had surgical breast reconstruction using the free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (fTRAM) flap technique following mastectomy. METHODS A retrospective chart review of 201 patients was performed. Patients were operated on at one community hospital(More)
BACKGROUND The gracilis myocutaneous free flap provides an alternative for autologous breast reconstruction. It avoids abdominal donor-site morbidity, allows for a quicker recovery, provides an alternative to the thin patient with a hidden and acceptable donor site, and allows for supine positioning for harvest and inset in a timely fashion. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND In university hospitals, free tissue transfer has become a standard method of reconstruction for a broad spectrum of defects. Because of its complexity, free tissue transfer has not been routinely performed in a community hospital setting. This study reports the outcomes of two equal groups of free tissue transfer performed by the same surgeons,(More)