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Usefulness of Harmonic Focus during Anterolateral Thigh Flap Elevation.
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PMID:  23023808     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Meticulous hemostasis and careful ligation of branches are necessary for pedicle dissection during flap elevation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Harmonic Focus handpiece (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., Blue Ash, Cincinnati, OH, USA) in reducing operation time, bleeding volume, and volume of postoperative drainage during anterolateral thigh flap elevation. Ten patients requiring flap elevation were divided into two groups: (1) Harmonic Focus group (three men, two women), and (2) control group (three men, two women). Operating time was found to be lower in the Harmonic Focus group than in the control group. Bleeding volume and postoperative drainage volume were nearly identical in the Harmonic Focus group and the control group, and the number of silk ligatures was significantly lower in the Harmonic Focus group compared with the control group. Although somewhat costly, the Harmonic Scalpel with the Harmonic Focus handpiece is advantageous for flap elevation, and it is likely that Harmonic Scalpel use will increase in plastic surgery.
Atsumori Hamahata; Takashi Saitou; Kazuyuki Kubo; Takeshi Beppu; Takashi Yamaki; Hiroyuki Sakurai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of reconstructive microsurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-8947     ISO Abbreviation:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502670     Medline TA:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.
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