How are skin flaps used in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Before the 1970s, repair using local full-thickness skin flaps was the standard surgical treatment for pressure injuries; today, it is typically employed as an alternative to secondary repair. [155] Local skin flaps have a random vascular supply, and the tissue repair is essentially a redistribution of inadequately perfused tissue rather than a planned revascularization that makes use specific blood vessels.


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