The tube pedicle flap is useful in reconstruction of an absent ear helix. However, immediate tubing of the flap may result in vascular compromise. By elevating a bipedicle flap in the postauricular region and shielding it with a silicone sheet, it is possible to allow the flap to assume a tubular shape while preventing adherence to the underlying suture line. Once mature, the flap maintains both a cylindrical shape and a sufficiently thin external diameter to provide adequate restoration of the ear helix.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Annals of Plastic Surgery|
|State||Published - 1988|
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