Free Radial Forearm Flap
This Free Radial Forearm Flap course will teach you:
- The Free Radial Forearm Flap. This is either a distant pedicled or free flap with the radial artery and cephalic vein as its pedicle. The main objective of the radial forearm flap is to close a defect at the recipient site while maintaining the functionality and esthetics of the donor site and the recipient site.
Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Free Radial Forearm Flap:
- Testing hand vascularization: Allen test
- Mesotenon injury
- Avoiding flap dehydration
- Avoiding pedicle injury during dissection
- Prevention arteriovenous malformation
With the following tips you might perform the Free Radial Forearm Flap even better:
- Cephalic vein identification
- Flap design considerations
- Inclusion of the palmaris longus tendon
- Advancement flap incision
- Advancement flap design considerations
- Flap vascularisation assessment
After studying the Free Radial Forearm Flap course you are familiar with the most common complications:
- Impaired vascularization of the hand
- Flap failure
- Tendon damage
- Loss of sensation
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Step by step
Identify the course of the radial artery by palpation.
Prior to performing the radial forearm flap, the vascularization of the hand through the ulnar artery should be examined using an Allen test.
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