Flap prefabrication using an exteriorised vascular pedicle in a rabbit ear model.

Abstract

We have developed a new model of thin flap prefabrication in the rabbit with an exteriorised vascular pedicle in a skin tube. Study of these prefabricated flaps after transfer demonstrated that distal flap survival improved as the interval between implantation and flap transfer increased. Exteriorising the pedicle minimises both donor deformity and pedicle trauma and allows easier experimental study of the neovascularisation process in flap prefabrication.

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@article{Duffy1993FlapPU, title={Flap prefabrication using an exteriorised vascular pedicle in a rabbit ear model.}, author={Frederick J Duffy and Julian Joseph Pribaz and Charles A Hergrueter and Peter K. M. Maitz}, journal={British journal of plastic surgery}, year={1993}, volume={46 4}, pages={279-84} }