Rectus Abdominis Free Muscle Flap for Reconstruction in Nine Dogs
Version of Record online: 24 APR 2007
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 259–265, April 2007
How to Cite
MILLER, J. M., LANZ, O. I. and DEGNER, D. A. (2007), Rectus Abdominis Free Muscle Flap for Reconstruction in Nine Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 36: 259–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2007.00266.x
- Issue online: 24 APR 2007
- Version of Record online: 24 APR 2007
- Submitted November 2006; Accepted January 2007
Objective— To evaluate the clinical use and outcome of a rectus abdominis microvascular free flap for wound closure in dogs.
Study Design— Retrospective case series.
Animals— Dogs (n=9) with complex extremity or oral wounds.
Methods— Medical records (2002–2006) of dogs that had a rectus abdominis free tissue transfer to close an extremity or oral wound were reviewed.
Results— Nine dogs were identified: 5 had distal extremity wounds, 3 had oral palatal defects, and 1 had a large hygroma excised. A rectus abdominis free tissue transfer with a caudal epigastric vascular pedicle was successfully used for management of these wounds. No major complications occurred with the donor site and a good cosmetic and functional outcome occurred in all dogs.
Conclusion— The rectus abdominis is a versatile muscle that can be used for reconstructing cutaneous and oral defects with repeatable success.
Clinical Relevance— Free tissue transfer of the rectus abdominis muscle is a clinically useful technique for closure of a variety of difficult soft tissue wounds.