VCS auto suture stapled microvascular anastomoses in lower leg free flaps

Francesca De Lorenzi, R. R W J Van Der Hulst, Willy D. Boeckx

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In conclusion, in our opinion, a mechanical nonsuturing technique for microvascular anastomosis may eliminate the conventional procedure in optimal cases. This technique has proved to be quick and safe, with a high success rate in normal vessels. However, superior microvascular expertise is required to apply the staples accurately. Only in damaged vessel walls or in significant vessel diameter mismatch does the sufficient eversion of the vessel wall lead to an inappropriate diameter of the vessels; this is also because, especially in the end-to-side anastomosis, the height of the clip must be accommodated (Fig. 7).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2023-2030
Number of pages8
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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