Surgical delay is a preconditioning technique used in reconstructive flap surgery. During this approach, the competing vascular supply of the flap is disrupted in order to increase blood supply to the tissue. It allows a greater amount of donor tissue to be harvested than with other techniques. When used in the abdomen, it allows for a lower abdominal scar by augmenting flow to tissue in the lower abdomen. A larger more robust flap can then be isolated and transferred to the chest after a few weeks.
What are the benefits of surgical flap delay?
- Enhancement of vascularity
- Improvement in breast mound size
- Promotion of flap survival
- Reliable transfer of larger tissue segments
- Lower abdominal scar
- Shorter surgical time and recovery for flap transfer
- Enhanced tissue regeneration