When soft tissue coverage requires a reconstructive flap, can it be performed at the time of explant or should it be deferred until reimplantation?

Authors: David Backstein, Maik Stiehler, Adam Katchy, Jennifer Leighton
RECOMMENDATION: When a soft tissue defect requires a reconstructive fl ap, it is safe to perform fl ap coverage at the time of explant or at the time of reimplantation. Early fl ap coverage at the time of explantation improves soft tissue biology for eradication of infection and allows for
earlier mobilization following reimplantation given greater fl ap maturity.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 95%, Disagree: 2%, Abstain: 3% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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