by Kate S. Boehm, MD (@KateSBoehm)
Last week hosted another great PRS Journal Club! Discussed was the study titled “Microsurgical Reconstruction of Traumatic Lower Extremity Defects in Pediatric the Population” by Momeni et al. from the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The study by Momeni et al., 2017 is one of few articles reporting on free flap lower extremity reconstruction in the pediatric population. The authors describe their experience with forty muscle and fasciocutaneous free flaps. The authors concluded that free flap lower extremity reconstruction for traumatic injuries in the pediatric patient is safe and successful. This study provides evidence that free flaps for lower extremity traumatic injuries are part of the reconstructive armamentarium of pediatric surgeons in addition to refuting beliefs about the adverse effect of pediatric vessel size and behaviour on flap outcomes.
The article was discussed as Part 3 of the April 2017 PRS Journal Club Discussion Podcast. Participating were Resident Ambassadors to the PRS Editorial Board Jordan Frey, MD, Shuja Shafqat, MD, and Chad Purnell, MD with special guest moderator Dr. Hani Sbitany. If you missed the discussion, listen in using the link below.
A lively online twitter discussion took place with authors Drs Arash Momeni, L. Scott Levin and Stephen J. Kovach on April 23-24, 2017. To revisit, or for those who missed the discussion, see selected tweets from the discussion below. To view the whole discussion, visit #PRSJournalClub on Twitter. Tune in for upcoming May discussion!