Superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator flap for reconstruction of limb defects

Isao Koshima, Yuzaburo Nanba, Tetsuya Tsutsui, Yoshio Takahashi, Katsuyuki Urushibara, Kiichi Inagawa, Tamiko Hamasaki, Takahiko Moriguchi

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The superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator (SCIP) flap differs from the established groin flap in that it is nourished by only a perforator of the superficial circumflex iliac system and has a short segment (3 to 4 cm in length) of this vascular system. Three cases in which free superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator flaps were successfully transferred for coverage of soft-tissue defects in the limb are described in this article. The advantages of this flap are as follows: no need for deeper and longer dissection for the pedicle vessel, a shorter flap elevation time, possible thinning of the flap with primary defatting, the possibility of an adiposal flap with customized thickness for tissue augmentation, a concealed donor site, minimal donor-site morbidity, and the availability of a large cutaneous vein as a venous drainage system. The disadvantages are the need for dissection for a smaller perforator and an anastomosing technique for small-caliber vessels of less than 1.0 mm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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