Free flap reexploration: Indications, treatment, and outcomes in 1193 free flaps
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Microvascular free tissue transfer is a reliable reconstructive technique with low failure rates. Careful monitoring and urgent reexploration are critical for salvage of compromised flaps. The majority of venous thromboses can be salvaged. Arterial thromboses can be more problematic. An algorithm for flap exploration and salvage is presented.