Abstract| Volume 60, ISSUE 4, PS6, April 2007

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Selective percutaneous desiccation of the perforators with radiofrequency for strategic transfer of angiosomes in a sequential four-territory cutaneous island flap model

      Prevention of partial flap necrosis has recently concentrated on extending the safe length of a flap by ligating vessels of known territories rather than dividing vessels randomly by elevating the flap. To further develop this we decided to:
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        investigate the vascular anatomy of the rabbit torso and establish a skin flap model with four adjacent vascular territories.
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        test the possibility and efficiency of percutaneous desiccation of the perforators with RF (radiofrequency) for transfer of vascular territories.
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        reveal the least invasive surgical strategy for angiosome transfer
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