Supine positioning for the subscapular system of flaps: A pictorial essay.

Eskander A, Kang SY, Ozer E, Agrawal A, Carrau R, Rocco JW, Teknos TN, Old MO
Head Neck 40 1068-1072 01/01/2018


BACKGROUND: This pictorial essay demonstrates a modification to the positioning, prepping, and draping technique for the subscapular system of flaps allowing the patient to be placed supine and without the need for a second assistant during the harvest or closure.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a literature review focusing on the positioning of the patient during the harvest of the subscapular system of flaps. A supine modification harvest prepping, draping, and position is then described in pictorial essay format. The technique is made possible with the use of a Mayo stand to position the arm.

DISCUSSION: A literature review demonstrates limited description of nonlateral decubitus position harvest of the scapular flap. A novel positioning technique is described in pictorial essay format to demonstrate the ease and feasibility without the need for a second assistant during the case, an important goal in the era of limited resident duty hours.

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