Τετάρτη, 17 Ιουλίου 2019


Robotic harvesting of the omental flap: a case report and mini-review of the use of robots in reconstructive surgery

Abstract

This study describes the robotic harvesting of a free omental flap. The patient was a 58-year-old man who had undergone several previous operations due to osteomyelitis caused by trauma. There was a non-healing wound and purulent discharge in the distal pretibial region. The flap was harvested based on the right gastroepiploic artery using robotic facilities only. The flap was then transferred to the debrided defect in the pretibial region. Anastomoses were performed between the posterior tibial vessels and the pedicle of the flap. A split thickness skin graft was used to cover the omental flap. The operation lasted 2.5 h in total, including flap harvesting, microvascular anastomoses, inset and skin grafting. The postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged on the 12th day postoperatively. The reliability of the technique is discussed in this report, together with a brief review of the use of robot surgery in reconstructive surgery in the literature.

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