February 2018 #PRSJournalClub Wrap-Up: “The Lateral Thigh Perforator Flap for Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Prospective Analysis of 138 Flaps”

by Anna K. Steve, MD (@annakstevemd)
Plastic Surgery Resident
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada


The February #PRSJournalClub featured “The Lateral Thigh Perforator Flap For Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Prospective Analysis of 138 Flaps” from this month’s @PRSJournal.

The study reviewed operative details, complications, and flap re-explorations for 138 consecutive lateral thigh perforator flaps performed since September 2012.  Decreased complications including wound breakdown, seroma, and infection were attributed to surgical refinements including reducing flap width and the use of quilting sutures at the donor site. The featured article, as well as classic pairings from this month’s  #PRSJournalClub are available here.

Resident Ambassadors to the PRS Editorial Board Dr. Franceso Egro, Dr. Nicole Phillips, and Dr. Ira Savetsky led an informative podcast discussion moderated by Dr. Alexes Hazen as an introduction to this month’s topic:

On February 25, @PRSJournal hosted an interactive Facebook Q and A with authors Dr. Stefania M. H. Tuinder, Dr. Jop Beugels, Dr. Michel Saint-Cyr (@mscsaintcyr), and Dr. Robert J. Allen. The opportunity for plastic surgery residents and plastic surgeons to engage in an interactive Facebook Q and A forum generated an informative online discussion.  Thanks to all who were able to join us! For those who weren’t able to make it, below is a summary of some of the key discussion points.

This February #PRSJournalClub article (as well as other Journal Club selections from February), selected classic pairings and videos, and the entire Facebook Q&A are archived on PRSJournal.com at the following link: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/pages/collectiondetails.aspx?TopicalCollectionId=325.

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