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Determining the precise anatomic location of the sensory nerves to the abdominal wall: Optimizing autologous innervation of abdominally based free flaps

Published:November 21, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2020.11.019
      While the concept of autologous tissue innervation is not novel, initial excitement regarding the procedure waned due to technical difficulty and limitations inherent to nerve caliber and length mismatches.
      • Weissler J.M.
      • Koltz P.F.
      • Carney M.J.
      • Serletti J.M.
      • Wu LC
      • et al.
      Sifting through the evidence: a comprehensive review and analysis of neurotization in breast reconstruction.
      ,
      • Beugels J.
      • Cornelissen A.J.M.
      • Spiegel A.J.
      • Heuts E.M.
      • Piatkowski A.
      • van der Hulst R.R.W.J.
      • et al.
      Sensory recovery of the breast after innervated and non-innervated autologous breast reconstructions: a systematic review.
      Additionally, the exact location of these nerves as they exit the fascia has not been defined. The aim of this study was to determine the location and caliber of the sensory/superficial nerves supplying the abdominal wall that should be targeted for flap neurotization.
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