J Reconstr Microsurg Open 2016; 01(02): 128-130
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1592143
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Using Retrograde Flow from the Descending Genicular Artery: An Additional Safety Measure in Knee Coverage

Janna Joethy
1  Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
,
Goh Jun Chance
1  Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
,
Jeremy Sun Ming Fa
1  Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
,
Allen Wong
1  Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
,
Tan Bien-Keem
1  Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
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Publication History

06 June 2016

27 July 2016

Publication Date:
14 September 2016 (eFirst)

  

Introduction

The knee joint possesses a rich anastomosis of blood vessels comprising of five major arteries.[1] Aside from providing the knee with adequate blood supply, these vessels can be used in free flap surgery for anastomosis or as additional pedicles for added safety. We utilized retrograde flow via the descending genicular artery from the patellar arterial arcade as an additional safety measure for our free latissimus dorsi flap for knee wound coverage.