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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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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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