Despite an overall success rate of 95% for flap surgery success, a significant number of all created flaps require re-exploration to restore adequate anastomotic patency, whether it be arterial or venous.
Patency of microvascular vessels poses challenges for the microvascular surgeon. Now, Transonic’s new Microvascular Perivascular flow probes offer any surgeon who sews a microvascular anastomosis an invaluable tool to assure anastomotic patency. With unsurpassed accuracy, the new Optima flow meter and Microvascular flow probes provide immediate, quantitative data to objectively assess the quality of an anastomosis, reconstruction or replantation. Measurements augment the surgeon’s clinical impressions as he or she is constantly evaluating surgical progress. Other potential advantages of this elegant quantitative tool are:
- First-time ever measurement in vessels as small as 0.5 mm with the new 0.7 mm Microvascular flow probe
- Detection and repair of unseen blood flow obstructions before leaving the OR
- Reduction of bring-backs
- Potential reduction of the need for intensive post-op monitoring
In a prospective study, Selber et al concluded that transit-time flow volume “provides novel physiologic flap data and identifies flawed anastomoses. These data have clinical value in microsurgery and hold the potential to reduce microvascular complications and improve outcomes.”