An Illustrated Handbook of Flap-Raising Techniques

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This handbook is an introductory guide to harvesting essential workhorse flaps of the torso and upper and lower extremities. Chapters are grouped into separate sections based on the anatomic region of the flaps. Each chapter details the critical clinical information the surgeon needs to know to effectively harvest flaps, providing concise descriptions of the preparation, incision, and dissection techniques. Precise illustrations supplementing the descriptions enable surgeons to fully understand the technical maneuvers of each procedure.


  • Step-by-step descriptions of flap harvesting techniques
  • Thorough discussion of the relevant vascular or neurovascular anatomy for each dissection
  • More than 200 illustrations and schematics demonstrating key concepts
  • Consistent presentation in each chapter to facilitate reference and review
  • Practical discussion of common pitfalls to prepare the surgeon for managing the full range of scenarios in the clinical setting
  • Overview of fundamental concepts, including microvascular anatomy and patterns of vasculature of soft tissue flaps, instrumentation, and microvascular and microneural suturing techniques

Providing a solid foundation upon which to further develop surgical skills, this book is an indispensable resource for residents in plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedics, and neurosurgery.

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This illustrated handbook is a personally guided tour of flap elevation...that is both in depth and succinct enough to educate readers and foster an impetus for further investigation.—Doody's Review
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Reviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This book merges the art of schematic drawing and the surgical endeavors of flap elevation into a portable, comprehensible, and personalized rendition of techniques that the author has found successful.
Purpose: The intent is to convey a core group of flap elevation techniques through drawings and text that the author has identified to be most helpful.
Audience: The audience would include those surgeons who use microsurgical techniques and flap raising for the reconstruction and closure of bodily defects, as well as students and residents who wish to solidify a core knowledge in this field.
Features: Divided into four major sections covering the upper and lower extremities, torso, and microvascular techniques, the author has selected flaps that are versatile and can be harvested with equal facility. Colored drawings of the anatomical dissections offer visual cues that might be lost if photographic cadaver plates were substituted. Each chapter commences with a brief introduction explaining the rationale for selecting a particular flap. The rest of the chapter details the flap preparation, neurovascular anatomy, incisions and dissection techniques, pertinent references, as well as potential pitfalls.
Assessment: This illustrated handbook is a personally guided tour of flap elevation by the author, who has created a book that is both in depth and succinct enough to educate readers and foster an impetus for further investigation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783131477613
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Pages: 119
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Neurosciences Center - Neurosurgery, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

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