Flap Surgery Explained: From Breast Reconstruction to Z-Plasty
Sydney Whalen, September 4, 2018
· Flap surgery is fundamental to a number of reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures.
· While the list of flap surgeries is long, they all stem from the same basic principles.
· Flap surgery isn’t just for the skin; it can also be applied to the gums and eyes.
Breast reconstruction using tissue from the abdomen or back. Gum surgery to treat periodontitis. Skin from the forehead pulled down to correct damage in the nose. These procedures address wildly disparate parts of the body and different underlying concerns, but they have something in common: they’re all forms of flap surgery.
Put simply, flap surgery is when tissue from one part of the body is transferred to another, often for reconstructive purposes. Sometimes this tissue is only on the upper layers of the epidermis. At other times it involves deeper tissues, including muscle and even bone.
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