Flushing the vessel ends: the effect on ischemic free flap survival.
Giele HP., Ritz M., Morrison WA., O'Brien BM.
During vascular anastomosis of experimental ischemic free flaps it is common to observe that stagnant blood in the vessel ends has clotted. A study was performed to investigate if flushing away the stagnant blood on division of the vessels would increase flap survival. Flushing did not influence flap survival. Clinically, clot is rarely seen, except in conditions of prolonged ischemia or damaged vessels. Current surgical practice does not involve flushing the vessel ends upon division of the vessels and this approach is affirmed by our results.