ePlasty: Vol. 14
Exposure of a Microvascular Anastomotic Coupler in Head and Neck Reconstruction: A Case Report
Tateki Kubo, MD, PhD,a Natsuko Kitamura, MD,b Motohiro Onoda, MD,b Daisuke Maeda, MD,b Ken Matsuda, MD, PhD,a and Ko Hosokawa, MD, PhDa

aDepartment of Plastic Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine; and bDepartment of Plastic Surgery, Osaka Rosai Hospital, Osaka, Japan

Correspondence: tateki@psurg.med.osaka-u.ac.jp
Keywords: microvascular anastomotic coupler, venous anastomosis, complications, exposure, head and neck reconstruction

Objective: We present a case of exposure of a microvascular anastomotic coupler. Methods: We performed venous anastomoses using microvascular anastomotic couplers in head and neck reconstruction. Results: A microvascular anastomotic coupler was exposed in the seventh month postoperation, and an anastomosed vein was disrupted. Conclusions: Although the usefulness of the microvascular anastomotic coupler in microsurgical flap reconstruction is not in doubt, as described previously, we believe that it is necessary to remember that use of a microvascular anastomotic co .......