Flap monitoring after head and neck reconstruction: evaluating an observation protocol.

@article{Devine2001FlapMA,
  title={Flap monitoring after head and neck reconstruction: evaluating an observation protocol.},
  author={John C Devine and Leah A. Potter and Patrick Magennis and James Scott Brown and Elizabeth Vaughan},
  journal={Journal of wound care},
  year={2001},
  volume={10 1},
  pages={525-9}
}
This study evaluated the postoperative free-flap monitoring frequency protocol used in a maxillofacial unit for patients receiving free-tissue transfer for reconstruction following orofacial cancer. All free-tissue transfers undertaken in the unit between January 1992 and October 1998 were reviewed retrospectively. Of the 370 patients evaluated, 46 returned to theatre with compromised free flaps. The compromise was purely venous in origin in 37 of these cases, arterial in three and due to a… CONTINUE READING

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