NEWS | February 23, 2017

Surgeon publishes book on effective uses of skin flaps in complex reconstructions


Professor Lee L.Q. Pu has published the first comprehensive text on the variety of ways that flaps — or patches of tissue taken from one part of the body to repair another — can be effectively used in reconstructive plastic surgery.

Lee L.Q. Pu Lee L.Q. Pu

The book, titled Pre-expanded Perforator Flaps, was first published by Elsevier as a special edition of “Clinics in Plastic Surgery.” It can be purchased now for Kindle and soon in hardcover format through Amazon. Pu’s co-editor on the project was Professor Chunmei Wang of Dongguan Kanghua Hospital in China.

First used for delayed burn reconstruction, pre-expanded perforator flaps are currently used by surgeons worldwide for complex restorations of the face, neck, trunk, lower extremities and hands following damage from trauma, burns or tumor removal. They are formed using mostly skin that is stretched, typically using balloons, prior to surgery.

The goals are to minimize the tissue required for the procedure, reduce donor site problems and assure a natural appearance once healed, according to Pu.

“The science and outcomes of pre-expanded perforator flaps have come a long way in in the past decade,” Pu said. “We wanted to compile information from leaders in this field into one resource so all surgeons can understand what is currently possible with this technique.”

A specialist in soft-tissue reconstruction, Pu has clinical expertise in reconstructive breast surgery and cosmetic face surgery. His research focuses on advancing minimally invasive facial cosmetic surgery and the use of fat grafting and stem cells in reconstructive surgery.