Free versus perforator-pedicled propeller flaps in lower extremity reconstruction: What is the safest coverage? A meta-analysis.

@article{Bekara2018FreeVP,
  title={Free versus perforator-pedicled propeller flaps in lower extremity reconstruction: What is the safest coverage? A meta-analysis.},
  author={Farid Bekara and Christian Herlin and Serge M. A. Somda and Antoine de Runz and Jean Louis Grolleau and Benoit Chaput},
  journal={Microsurgery},
  year={2018},
  volume={38 1},
  pages={
          109-119
        }
}
INTRODUCTION Currently, increasingly reconstructive surgeon consider the failure rates of perforator propeller flaps especially in the distal third of the lower leg are too important and prefer to return to the use of free flap at first line option with failure rates frequently lower than 5%. So, we performed a systematic review with meta-analysis comparing free flaps (perforator-based or not) and pedicled-propeller flaps to respond to the question "what is the safest coverage for distal third… CONTINUE READING
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