Original Article - Clinical
Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer of the Trapezius Flap in 20 Dogs and a Wallaby
Article first published online: 26 NOV 2012
© Copyright 2012 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 170–175, February 2013
How to Cite
Kurach, L., Smith, M. E. H. and Fowler, J. D. (2013), Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer of the Trapezius Flap in 20 Dogs and a Wallaby. Veterinary Surgery, 42: 170–175. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01029.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 26 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: OCT 2011
To determine the feasibility, complications, and clinical outcome of consecutive free trapezius flap transfers in 20 dogs and a wallaby.
Dogs (n = 20) and 1 wallaby
Medical records of 20 dogs and 1 wallaby that had free trapezius flap transfers were evaluated retrospectively for indications, date of transfer, site of flap relocation, flap composition (myocutaneous, muscular, myoosseus), recipient artery and veins, flap ischemia times, surgery time, antithrombotic strategies used, intra- and postoperative complications related to the flap, hospitalization, in hospital duration after flap transfer, and outcome.
Free flap transfers (16 muscle, 4 myocutaneous, 1 myoosseus) were used to treat traumatic soft tissue loss (13), neoplasm excision (2), osteomyelitis (4), and soft palate reconstruction (2); all flaps survived. Anti-thrombotic therapy was used in all cases although strategies varied. Postoperative complications were infrequent, generally of low severity, and primarily included donor site seroma formation and infection.
Free trapezius flap was successfully used in 21 consecutive cases for a wide variety of reconstructive techniques with good, functional long-term outcome.