Thursday, March 1, 2012

Washington University Orthopedics : Free Tissue Transfers for Extremity Reconstruction

A free tissue transfer requires moving a flap of tissue and the blood supply from one part of the body to another.  When tissue is compromised due to a large bone defect, infection, or radiation, a free tissue transfer can be essential for extremity reconstruction and limb salvage

Postoperatively, patients are closely monitored in an intensive care setting for five days to assure the success of the microsurgical techniques.   After the intensive care, the patient’s specific rehabilitative needs are assessed.  The length of recovery differs from patient to patient.

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