Rhomboid flap dynamics

W F Larrabee, R Trachy, D Sutton, K Cox
Archives of Otolaryngology 1981, 107 (12): 755-7
The rhomboid flap is a reliable, versatile, and widely used tool in head and neck surgery. Although its geometry is well described, the mechanics of the flap have not been scientifically investigated. For example, there is disagreement whether the maximum tension is located at the closure of the donor site or at the tip of the flap. An experimental model using piglets and stabilized force gauges has been developed to measure the distribution of tension in a standard Limberg flap (60 degrees rhomboid). Variables evaluated include the size of the rhomboid, the amount of undermining, and the position of the flap on the animal. Consistent measurements show tension at the closure of the donor site to represent the majority of tension around the flap (58% average); the size of the rhomboid and degree of undermining do not change relative tensions. A composite figure discloses the relationship of the initially outlined flap to the final result and quantifies the observable changes in the length of sides.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.