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The Anterolateral Thigh Flap: Clinical Applications and Review of the Literature

Volume 7 - Issue 2

Peter L Deptula, Travis J Miller, Lawrence Z Cai and Gordon K Lee*

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    • Department of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, California

    *Corresponding author: Gordon K Lee, Department of Plastic Surgery Residency Stanford Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Director of Microsurgery & Professor of Surgery Program Director, 770 Welch Road, Suite 400, MC: 5715 Palo Alto, CA 94304-5715, Italy

Received: July 19, 2018;   Published: July 25, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.07.001473

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Abstract

The anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap has gained popularity in reconstructive surgery in recent years as its advantages have come to be widely recognized. We report the senior author’s experience over a five-year period with the use of the ALT flap. The ALT flap is a highly versatile flap that can be used to reconstruct a variety of defects. The flap’s concealed donor site scar, decreased need for skin grafting, decreased donor site morbidity and great versatility make it a first-line option for many different types of defects.

Keywords: Anterolateral Thigh Flap; Soft Tissue Reconstruction; Outcomes; Free Tissue Transfer; Myocutaneous; Fasciocutaneous

Abbreviations: ALT: Anterolateral Thigh; LCFA: Lateral Circumflex Femoral Artery; ASIS: Anterior Superior Iliac Spine

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