Successful re-construction of a large tissue defect using a free pre-fabricated flap with purely implanted arterialised venous loop

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Jul;62(7):e225-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.11.066. Epub 2009 Jan 4.


Flap pre-fabrication represents an interesting technique in tissue-defect reconstruction. In this article we report the successful clinical application of a free pre-fabricated flap using an isolated arterialised venous loop as an implanted vascular pedicle for reconstruction of an extended soft-tissue defect on the leg, as well as clinical neo-vascularisation development following arterialised venous loop implantation. The procedure appears potentially useful in selected patients due to the easy harvest of an isolated vein loop as well as a favourable functional and aesthetic result at the donor site.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Shunt, Surgical
  • Graft Survival
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / surgery*
  • Male
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods
  • Skin Transplantation / methods*
  • Surgical Flaps / blood supply*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult