Lower extremity free flap reconstruction outcomes using venous coupler.

  title={Lower extremity free flap reconstruction outcomes using venous coupler.},
  author={Ivica Ducic and Benjamin J. Brown and Samir S Rao},
  volume={31 5},
BACKGROUND Microvascular anastomotic coupling devices have been available to microsurgeons for over 20 years. Many studies have validated the efficacy of these devices for venous anastomosis. To date, there have been no large reports of their success in the anatomical region with the highest free flap failure rate, the lower extremity. METHODS A retrospective review of 67 consecutive patients who underwent lower extremity microvascular reconstruction performed from August 2003 to September… CONTINUE READING
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