Review ArticlesRecipient Vessels in the Free Flap Reconstruction Around the KneeFang, Taolin MD, PhD*†; Zhang, Elizabeth W.†; Lineaweaver, William C. MD, FACS‡; Zhang, Feng MD, PhD†Author Information From the *Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China; †Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson; and ‡JMS Burn and Reconstructive Center, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital, Brandon, MS. Received December 21, 2011, and accepted for publication, after revision, February 2, 2012. Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared. Reprints: Feng Zhang, MD, PhD, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39216. E-mail: [email protected]. Annals of Plastic Surgery: October 2013 - Volume 71 - Issue 4 - p 429-433 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31824e5e6e Buy Metrics Abstract Microsurgical free tissue transfer is playing a critical role in reconstruction of the soft tissue around the knee to salvage the limb, especially when the defects exist with a wide zone of injury or with a poor soft tissue condition, where local flaps are unavailable. For a successful free flap transfer, proper selection of a recipient vessel is essential and challenging. The survival and other outcomes of the transferred flaps were closely related to which recipient vessel was used and the location of anastomosis. In this article, we review most of the clinical reports about using free flaps to reconstruct the soft tissue around the knee, excluding the cases of postamputation, and discuss about the recipient vessels that can be used. Copyright © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.