A technique to surgically delay a single-pedicle TRAM flap is described. This extended skin island delay essentially divides the unipedicle TRAM flap into two stages separated by 1 week. Experience with this flap in 35 patients is reported. On the basis of this experience, we believe that the extended skin island delayed TRAM flap should be considered a safe and reliable alternative to double muscle pedicle and free tissue transfer in high-risk patients.
(C)1995American Society of Plastic Surgeons