A Case of Postmastectomy Defect Reconstructed Using a Laterothoracic Bilaterally Pedicled V-Y Advancement Flap

Abstract

Background

The reconstruction of major defects of the trunk is generally achieved by means of pedicled or free musculocutaneous flaps, but for less extensive defects, local flaps or skin grafts are currently used. The bilaterally pedicled V-Y advancement flap differs from the traditional V-Y advancement flap and was described for soft tissue reconstruction in the face. In our unit, the bilaterally pedicled V-Y advancement flap is the most used local flap for face reconstruction, and our aim was to use it in a different location.

Methods

In this case report we present a postmastectomy defect reconstructed with good results using the bilaterally pedicled V-Y advancement flap.

Results

The flap healed without further problems, and a good aesthetic result was obtained.

Conclusion

The bilaterally pedicled V-Y advancement flap is reliable and easy to harvest, and not only for face reconstruction. Its versatility and plasticity allow its use for the reconstruction of many defects at varying locations.

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Correspondence to Horia R. Siclovan.

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Siclovan, H.R. A Case of Postmastectomy Defect Reconstructed Using a Laterothoracic Bilaterally Pedicled V-Y Advancement Flap. Aesth Plast Surg 32, 558–559 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-008-9124-z

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  • Bilaterally pedicled V-Y advancement flap