Strauch's technique for epigastric free flaps in rats revisited: A simple and effective method to increase patency rates

Elaine Kawano Horibe, Justin Michael Sacks, Ali Emre Aksu, Jignesh Unadkat, Dennis Yong Song, Lydia Masako Ferreira, Maryam Feili-Hariri, W. P.Andrew Lee

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Described by Strauch and Murray in 1967, the rodent epigastric free flap remains a versatile tool for microsurgery research and training. We report herein three sequential phases of our quest to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the original technique, making it more accessible to more microsurgeons. Ninety-six allotransplants were performed. Surgical technique, complication rates, clinical findings, and histopathologic correlation of each phase are reported. In phase I, two experienced microsurgeons employed the original technique and succeeded in 77% of the procedures. In phase II, two junior microsurgeons achieved a patency rate of 16.6% using the same technique, as opposed to 100% in phase III, utilizing the not-yet-described simplified flow-thru technique. Although patency rate using the original method varies from 9 to 78% (according to other reports), this technical modification can increase even the less experienced microsurgeons' success rates, perpetuating the use of Strauch's epigastric flap in experimental microsurgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-328
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of reconstructive microsurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007



  • Epigastric flap
  • Flow-thru
  • Microsurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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