ePlasty: Vol. 17
Creating Accurate Flap Designs Using a Hydrocolloid Dressing as a Template
Amra Kuc, BSa, Jared Gopman, MDb, and Deniz Dayicioglu, MDc

aMorsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida; Tampa bDivision of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine, New York; and cDivision of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa


Correspondence: amrakuc@health.usf.edu
Keywords: flap, design, template, hydrocolloid dressing, tissue defect reconstruction
Figure 1. The template placed on the defect to ensure proper size.
Figure 2. The arc of rotation being tested.

DESCRIPTION

Meticulous preoperative planning is an important step in flap reconstruction. Defects are typically measured and then recreated using easily available materials. While most current options for templates are readily accessible with minimal cost, they bring individual disadvantages. In this report, we suggest the use of a hydrocolloid dressing as a template for accurate flap design.