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The use of ovarian vessels for microvascular tissue transfer in lower extremity limb salvage

Authors

  • Alex Senchenkov M.D.,

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    1. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    2. Department of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    • Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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  • Franklin H. Sim M.D.

    1. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    2. Department of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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Abstract

Limb salvage procedures in previously operated, radiated, and vessel-depleted fields rely heavily on the use of microvascular tissue transfer. This report illustrates the feasibility of the use of ovarian vessels for the revascularization of a free flap. We have achieved success with the use of rectus abdominis muscle free flap for coverage of exposed vascular reconstruction in the 75-year-old soft tissue sarcoma patient with twice chemoradiated femoral and hypogastric defect, preventing external hemipelvectomy. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microsurgery, 2013.

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