Free flap monitoring remains a contentious issue for many with clinical assessment being the most effective technique. On reflection, regular monitoring is the actual key to early detection of clinical problems. Although venous congestion is the more common problem, it is arterial thrombosis that is often easily missed as it is a subtle finding at its onset. Compound this with the varying levels of expertise available, early detection of inflow problem is a proverbial ‘lottery’.
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- Free flap microcirculatory monitoring correlates to free flap temperature assessment.JPRAS. 2011; 64: 1353-1358
Published online: December 22, 2011
Received: November 21, 2011
© 2011 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.