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A picture speaks a thousand words: the use of digital photography and the Internet as a cost-effective tool in monitoring free flaps.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18281795     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Microsurgical free tissue transfer is progressing rapidly and is being used more frequently the world over. Monitoring these cases is crucial for a satisfactory outcome. More sophisticated methods are available for monitoring, though they are often expensive. We propose a novel technique using digital photography and the Internet to offer a reliable and cost-effective method to monitor free-tissue transfers. During an 8-month period, 163 microvascular procedures were monitored using this technique. Serial photographs taken were stored in a separate case folder and sent to the surgeon as deemed necessary. Analysis of the 67 cases is presented. Five reexplorations were done. The early diagnosis of venous congestion was possible using this technique. Timely intervention contributed to the success of the reexplorations, and these flaps could be salvaged. The file size of images was in the range of 1 MB to 6 MB. The file size of a set of photographs was usually around 7 MB to 9 MB. These were sent across the asymmetric digital subscriber line Internet lines. The use of the digital images and the Internet allows reconstructive surgeons to have a reliable picture of the state of their free-tissue transfers. This allows decreasing observer error and saves valuable time which otherwise needs to be spent to verify situations of doubt.
Prashanth Varkey; Ngian Chye Tan; Riccardo Girotto; Wen-Ruay Tang; Yi-Tein Liu; Hung-Chi Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of plastic surgery     Volume:  60     ISSN:  0148-7043     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-18     Completed Date:  2008-03-31     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805336     Medline TA:  Ann Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, E-Da Hospital, Yanchao Shiang, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Internet / economics*
Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures* / economics
Surgical Flaps*
Telemedicine / methods*

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