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January 1994

Reconstructive Surgery Papers Presented at the Academy's Fall Meeting

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Los Angeles, Calif

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(1):112. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880250100016

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Abstract

The 1992 fall meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was held in Washington, DC. The meeting was a tremendous success. Many outstanding papers were presented at the scientific sessions. Particularly exciting was some of the research in the area of reconstructive surgery.

Free Flap Perfusion. Dr Berndt Mayer and associates from Berlin, Germany, presented a paper entitled "New Dimensions for the Vital Storage of Microvascular Free Flaps." The authors described a novel concept of storing microvascular free flaps extracorporeally based on the principles of dialysis. The objectives of developing such an extracorporal perfusion system for free flaps were to (1) allow transplantation of free flaps in defects that are devoid of suitable microvascular anastomosis; (2) allow warm storage and perfusion of free flaps during the time that microvascular anastomosis is being performed; and (3) provide a research model of free flaps with direct access to

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