Free gluteal artery perforator flap with a short, small perforator

Isao Koshima, Tetsuya Tsutsui, Yoshio Takahashi, Yuzaburo Nanba

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The introduction of supermicrosurgery has led to the development of a new gluteal perforator flap nourished only by a musculocutaneous perforator of the superficial gluteal artery system. This flap has a perforator that is short (3-4 cm in length) and small (less than 1 mm). The successful transference of a free gluteal perforator flap for the coverage of soft-tissue defects in the foot and face in two patients is described in this article. With this flap, deeper and longer dissection for a pedicle vessel is unnecessary, flap elevation time is shorter, thinning of the flap with primary defatting and creation of an adiposal flap with customized thickness for tissue augmentation are possible, the donor site is in a concealed area with minimal donor site morbidity, and application of the flap as a scarred flap for previous operations in the gluteal region is possible. The disadvantages of this flap are necessity of dissection for a smaller perforator and of anastomosis of small-caliber vessels of less than 1.0 mm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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