Bucket-Handle Bipedicled Scalp Flaps for Coverage of Cranial Constructs in Cranioplasty.
Devulapalli C., Mercaitis OP., Orbe M., Salgado CJ.
Composite frontal scalp defects involving the frontal bone and full thickness scalp can pose a reconstructive challenge. Often, they necessitate the use of microsurgical free tissue transfer, which can be physiologically demanding in high-risk patients with multiple comorbidities, with exposure to prolonged general anesthesia time and increased surgical morbidity. The experience of a single surgeon was reviewed with reconstruction of composite frontal scalp wounds in 4 patients with structural framework and a bipedicled scalp advancement (ie, "bucket handle") flap, thus obviating the need for free tissue transfer. All 4 patients demonstrated complete wound healing by final follow-up, without need for further reoperations or ulcer recurrence. In face of composite frontal scalp defects in less than ideal candidates for lengthy microsurgical flap procedures, the bucket-handle flap can provide a simple and reliable reconstructive option.