Pedicled Muscle Flaps: Maintaining Vital Blood Supply
Pedicled muscle flaps are a type of muscle flap where the muscle is transferred to the recipient site while maintaining its original blood supply. This approach is particularly useful for areas where blood flow is limited or where the muscle’s existing blood vessels are the most suitable for the new location.
Free Flaps: Microsurgical Precision and Versatility
Free flaps, also known as microvascular free flaps, involve the transplantation of muscle along with its blood vessels. Unlike pedicled flaps, free flaps require microsurgical expertise to reattach the blood vessels at the recipient site. This technique offers greater versatility and is often used for complex reconstructions.
Specific Muscles for Muscle Flaps: Tailoring the Solution
Various muscles can be utilized for muscle flaps, depending on the specific needs of the reconstruction. Dr. Prucz performs countless different types of muscle flaps depending on the clinical situation but here are four of the most common:
- Gracilis Muscle: The gracilis muscle, located in the inner thigh, is often used for reconstructing defects in the lower abdomen, perineum, or groin.
- Gastrocnemius Muscle (Gastroc): The gastroc muscle, located in the calf, is suitable for reconstructing defects in the lower leg and ankle region. This is the most common flap for treating an artificial joint infection.
- Latissimus Dorsi Muscle (Latissimus): The latissimus muscle, in the back, is a versatile option for reconstructing defects in various areas, including the chest and upper extremities.
- Rectus Abdominis Muscle (Rectus): The rectus abdominis muscle, in the abdominal area, is commonly used for breast and chest wall reconstruction.
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