J Wound Manag Res.  2020 Feb;16(1):43-48. 10.22467/jwmr.2019.00647.

Axillary Reconstruction Using a Pedicled Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator Flap Including Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Strip

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea

Abstract

For axillary reconstruction, most reconstructive surgeons use the latissimus dorsi flap because of its usefulness and reliability. However, the latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap poses complications such as donor site morbidity and poor aesthetic results. Moreover, the thoracodorsal artery perforator (TDAP) flap, without muscle, presents difficulties for the delicate procedure of dissecting the perforators separately. Therefore, we propose the use of a pedicled TDAP flap including a latissimus dorsi muscle strip for axillary reconstruction, as it is believed to be easier and safer to perform.

Keyword

Perforator flap; Axilla; Surgical flaps; Reconstructive surgical procedures
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