Using compression to enhance outcomes of free flap reconstruction following major burn injury – a case study

Rosemary Kendell1

1Fiona Stanley Hospital


The surgical use of free-flap reconstruction following burn injury has steadily increased over the last ten or so years, which has resulted in improved limb salvage rates and improved functional capacity for patients with major burns.  In an endeavour to continue to facilitate better functional and aesthetic outcomes, new and improved options for compression are being employed, and being introduced into the rehabilitation and scar management regime earlier. This paper will examine a case in whom not one but two free flaps were used to successfully salvage an upper and lower limb, and will look at the varied range of compression options that were considered and utilised during the course of rehabilitation.


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