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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Jul;62(7):e225-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.11.066. Epub 2009 Jan 4.

Successful re-construction of a large tissue defect using a free pre-fabricated flap with purely implanted arterialised venous loop.

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Department of Hand Surgery and Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery, Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Central Hospital 108, Hanoi, Viet Nam.


Flap pre-fabrication represents an interesting technique in tissue-defect reconstruction. In this article we report the successful clinical application of a free pre-fabricated flap using an isolated arterialised venous loop as an implanted vascular pedicle for reconstruction of an extended soft-tissue defect on the leg, as well as clinical neo-vascularisation development following arterialised venous loop implantation. The procedure appears potentially useful in selected patients due to the easy harvest of an isolated vein loop as well as a favourable functional and aesthetic result at the donor site.

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