Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017 Nov 8. Epub 2017 Nov 8.
Evidence-Based Practice Research Centre (EPRC), Faculty of Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP; Consultant Regional Maxillofacial Unit, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, L9 1AE. Electronic address:
Regular monitoring of free flaps is essential after microvascular free tissue transfer, but the frequency and duration of the observations vary between units and there is no consensus nationally. Best practice can be informed by the feedback of patients, but as we know of no such studies, we did a cross-sectional survey of a consecutive group of patients after free tissue transfer to find out what they thought about monitoring. We designed a study-specific questionnaire after consultation with the patient and carer forum, and sent it to 150 patients who had had free tissue transfer in the maxillofacial department at Aintree University Hospital during 2015 and 2016. Read More