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Anaesthesia for Microvascular Surgery & Free Tissue Transfer Series
Wound management is a mostly straight-forward task. Some wounds, however, present unique challenges because of their size, shape, position or underlying structures. Where simple closures or skin grafting is not possible, the ability to transfer viable cutaneous tissue from one area to another has allowed people to overcome major wounds, reduce hospital stays, and return to a functional existence. Plastic surgeons have developed a number of techniques to move flaps of tissue, achieving both closure of wounds and aesthetic reconstruction of tissues.

This will be a 3 part series of presentations focusing on anaesthesia for microvascular surgery, and in particular, the microvascular surgery required for free tissue flap transfers. In part 1 I hope to explain some of the flap types available to our plastic surgery colleagues, and their uses in wound management. We will look at the physiology of the flap, and consider the implications of surgery for both the patient and the tissue flap. In part 2, we will concentrate on the anaesthetic management of the surgical procedure. In part 3 we will look at the role of vasoactive drugs and their effects on flap viability and survival.

Learning outcomes:
1. Understand the role and types of tissue flap surgery in wound management
2. Consider the physiology and surgical implications of flap surgery, and the management of anaesthesia to facilitate outcomes
3. Review the use of vasoactive and anticoagulant drugs in both the intra- and post-operative period

This webinar series is supported by the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

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Oct 21, 2021 04:00 PM
Nov 4, 2021 04:00 PM
Nov 18, 2021 04:00 PM
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Dr Moira Rush
Anaesthetist @Northern Health, Victoria, Australia
Moira is a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Physician working at Northern Health in Victoria, Australia. She helps to co-ordinate both the acute and chronic pain services across the Northern Health network. Moira’s main interests include pain education, both at home and in low- and middle-income countries through the Essential Pain Management Program and anaesthesia in the Asia Pacific region as a volunteer with Interplast. Moira is also interested in the welfare of anaesthetists. With two other colleagues she co-ordinates several initiatives including the mentor program at The Northern Hospital.
Dr Ian Hogarth
Anaesthetist @The Epworth Centre, Victoria, Australia
Dr Ian Hogarth graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1989. Following residency at The Western Hospital he commenced anaesthesia training at The Austin Hospital in 1993. After completion in 1998 he then spent 3 years in the UK as Consultant in Anaesthesia (Greenwich District Hospital, London 1999-2001, Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Hospital, London 2001). He returned to Australia to a full-time public position as staff specialist in Anaesthesia at The Northern Hospital in Epping. This busy role saw the provision of anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical specialties (General Surgery, Thoracics, Vascular, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Urology, Plastics) as well as teaching a vast number of anaesthetic trainees that rotate through The Northern at various stages of the training program. A change of pace in 2019 saw Ian reduce and relocate his public work to Kyneton, to facilitate the provision of services in a regional area.