The free scapular flap.
We present our early experience with a flap that should become important to the microsurgeon. The scapular flap is based on the circumflex scapular branch of the subscapular artery and is a versatile, hardy, easily dissected flap. We have used it in 14 cases where a fairly thin flap was indicated. Four of the 14 patients developed complications. Two developed hematomas after removal of the drains. These were evacuated without any loss of the flap. One patient had to be returned to the operating room because of thrombosis of the venous anastomoses, but the flap eventually survived in its entirety. One flap was lost from progressive venous insufficiency.
Barwick, WJ; Goodkind, DJ; Serafin, D
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