Complications and Solutions in Propeller Flap Surgery

Salvatore D'Arpa, Adriana Cordova, Zaher Jandali, Mismil Muradov, Lucian P. Jiga, Marco Pignatti, Marta Cajozzo

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Propeller perforator flaps (PPFs) have long been proven as valid reconstructive tools for a wide range of soft tissue defects in different body regions. During the last decade, despite their numerous advantages, many authors have thoroughly analyzed outcomes of these flaps, sometimes discouraging their use mainly because of a high failure rate. Accurate patient selection, adequate preoperative planning, and an appropriate dissection technique seem to potentially improve outcomes. Our study provides a review of the relevant literature related to PPF complications and of our experience, describing reasons for failure, measures for preventing them, and approaches for a prompt evaluation and management of complications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-219
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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