The second free tissue transfer after the first free flap loss for a complex scalp reconstruction: Our strategy to success with a staged approach

Ping Song, Rohit Jaiswal, Lee L.Q. Pu

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Abstract

Scalp reconstruction for a critical neurosurgical patient, as lifesaving efforts continued, can be challenging and a free tissue transfer is often needed to achieve reliable soft tissue coverage. However, the patient’s labile perioperative condition may compromise successful reconstruction and perioperative hypotension is one of the major known factors for the failure of free tissue transfer. In this report, the authors encountered such an instance, and present our strategy in overcoming this hurdle toward obtaining successful scalp reconstruction with second free tissue transfer after the first free flap loss. After optimizing the patient’s medical condition, the second free tissue transfer was performed in 2 stages with recipient vessel dissection during the first stage and the flap harvest and microvascular anastomoses during the second stage. Our staged approach is warranted to ensure the patient can tolerate the stressor of general anesthesia and to precondition the patient for ultimate successful second free tissue transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E109-E111
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

Keywords

  • Cranioplasty
  • Free-tissue transfer
  • Neurosurgical complication
  • Scalp reconstruction
  • Second free tissue transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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