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Microvascular reconstruction



Digital and hand replantation

Low molecular weight heparin for prevention of microvascular occlusion in digital replantation.
Chen YC, Chi CC, Chan FC, Wen YW.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jul 8;7:CD009894. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009894.pub2.

Predictors of hand function following digit replantation: Quantitative review and meta-analysis.
Shaterian A, Sayadi LR, Tiourin E, Gardner DJ, Evans GRD, Leis A.
Hand (N Y). 2019 Apr 2:1558944719834658. doi: 10.1177/1558944719834658. [Epub ahead of print]

Predictors of digit survival following replantation: Quantitative review and meta-analysis.
Shaterian A, Rajaii R, Kanack M, Evans GRD, Leis A.
J Hand Microsurg. 2018 Aug;10(2):66-73. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1626689. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

Temporary ectopic implantation for salvaging amputated parts: A systematic review.
Tu Y, Lineaweaver WC, Culnan DM, Bitz GH, Jones KJ, Zhang F.
J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jun;84(6):985-993. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001817.

Effects of non-surgical factors on digital replantation survival rate: a meta-analysis.
Ma Z, Guo F, Qi J, Xiang W, Zhang J.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2016 Feb;41(2):157-63. doi: 10.1177/1753193415594572. Epub 2015 Aug 13.

Telemedicine and plastic surgery: a review of its applications, limitations and legal pitfalls.
Gardiner S, Hartzell TL.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012 Mar;65(3):e47-53. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2011.11.048. Epub 2011 Dec 16.

A systematic review of the outcomes of replantation of distal digital amputation.
Sebastin SJ, Chung KC.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Sep;128(3):723-37.doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318221dc83.

Replantation of finger avulsion injuries: a systematic review of survival and functional outcomes.
Sears ED, Chung KC.
J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Apr;36(4):686-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2010.12.023.

Vascularised flaps

Medial plantar flap for hand reconstruction: A systematic literature review and its application for post-sarcoma excision.
Troisi L, Berner JE, West EV, Wilson P.
Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Jul 10. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001568. [Epub ahead of print]

Venous flaps for coverage of traumatic soft tissue defects of the hand: a systematic review.
Wharton R, Creasy H, Bain C, James M, Fox A.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2017 Oct;42(8):817-822. doi: 10.1177/1753193417712879. Epub 2017 Jun 12.

Perforator-based propeller flaps reliability in upper extremity soft tissue reconstruction: a systematic review.
Vitse J, Bekara F, Bertheuil N, Sinna R, Chaput B, Herlin C.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2017 Feb;42(2):157-164. doi: 10.1177/1753193416669262. Epub 2016 Sep 28.

Systematic review and meta-analysis of unconventional perfusion flaps in clinical practice.
Casal D, Cunha T, Pais D, Videira P, Coloma J, Zagalo C, Angélica-Almeida M, O'Neill JG.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Aug;138(2):459-79. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002390.

A systematic review of outcomes and complications of primary fingertip reconstruction using reverse-flow homodigital island flaps.
Regmi S, Gu JX, Zhang NC, Liu HJ.
Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2016 Apr;40(2):277-83. doi: 10.1007/s00266-016-0624-y. Epub 2016 Feb 25.

The value of postoperative anticoagulants to improve flap survival in the free radial forearm flap: A systematic review and retrospective multicenter analysis.
Swartz JE, Aarts MC, Swart KM, Disa JJ, Gerressen M, Kuo YR, Wax MK, Grolman W, Braunius WW.
Clin Otolaryngol. 2015 Dec;40(6):600-9. doi: 10.1111/coa.12425.

Single superficial versus dual systems venous anastomoses in radial forearm free flap: a meta-analysis.
Bai S, Xu ZF, Duan WY, Liu FY, Huang DH, Sun CF.
PLoS One. 2015 Aug 13;10(8):e0134805. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134805. eCollection 2015.

Vascularised toe proximal interphalangeal joint transfer in posttraumatic finger joint reconstruction: the effect of skin paddle design on extensor lag.
Chen HY, Lin YT, Lo S, Hsu CC, Lin CH, Wei FC.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jan;67(1):56-62. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2013.09.010. Epub 2013 Sep 15.

Reduction of donor site morbidity of free radial forearm flaps: what level of evidence is available?
Loeffelbein DJ, Al-Benna S, Steinsträßer L, Satanovskij RM, Rohleder NH, Mücke T, Wolff KD, Kesting MR.
Eplasty. 2012;12:e9. Epub 2012 Feb 3.

A systematic review of outcomes of toe-to-thumb transfers for isolated traumatic thumb amputation.
Lin PY, Sebastin SJ, Ono S, Bellfi LT, Chang KW, Chung KC.
Hand (N Y). 2011 Sep;6(3):235-43. doi: 10.1007/s11552-011-9340-x. Epub 2011 May 26.

A reassessment of the role of the radial forearm flap in upper extremity reconstruction.
Higgins JP.
J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jul;36(7):1237-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2011.04.016. Epub 2011 May 31.

Hand transplantation/allografts

The ethics of hand transplantation: A systematic review.
Cooney CM, Siotos C, Aston JW, Bello RJ, Seal SM, Cooney DS, Shores JT, Brandacher G, Lee WPA.
J Hand Surg Am. 2018 Jan;43(1):84.e1-84.e15. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.08.004. Epub 2017 Oct 4.

Composite tissue transplant of hand or arm: A health technology assessment.
Health Quality Ontario.
Ont Health Technol Assess Ser. 2016 Jun 1;16(13):1-70. eCollection 2016.

An overview of psychosocial assessment procedures in reconstructive hand transplantation.
Kumnig M, Jowsey SG, Moreno E, Brandacher G, Azari K, Rumpold G.
Transpl Int. 2014 May;27(5):417-27. doi: 10.1111/tri.12220. Epub 2013 Nov 14.

Outcomes with respect to disabilities of the upper limb after hand allograft transplantation: a systematic review.
Landin L, Bonastre J, Casado-Sanchez C, Diez J, Ninkovic M, Lanzetta M, del Bene M, Schneeberger S, Hautz T, Lovic A, Leyva F, García-de-Lorenzo A, Casado-Perez C.
Transpl Int. 2012 Apr;25(4):424-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2012.01433.x. Epub 2012 Feb 14.

Factors influencing acute rejection of human hand allografts: a systematic review.
Bonastre J, Landin L, Diez J, Casado-Sanchez C, Casado-Perez C.
Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Jun;68(6):624-9. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e318255a411.

Other microvascular reconstruction
An extensive volar forearm laceration – the spaghetti wrist: A systematic review.
Koshy K, Prakash R, Luckiewicz A, Alamouti R, Nikkhah D.
JPRAS Open. 2018 Dec 1;18:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpra.2018.06.003.




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