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Using T-Stat for Reconstructive Free Flap Monitoring

T-Stat white light tissue oximeter continuously monitors StO2% at a microvascular level, just a few millimeters deep within the capillary bed, providing a better understanding of how much oxygen the tissue is actually using and whether or not there is a threatening occlusion that is not yet visible to the eye or detected by other monitoring methods. T-Stat sensors are placed post operatively on the surface of the tissue to provide a real-time saturation value that is updated every second. This continuous monitoring provides immediate feedback to the surgeon and bedside staff, who are then able to easily and accurately assess if a flap may be in need of a take-back. The sooner a problem is diagnosed, the greater the chances the flap will survive without compromise. Noninvasive monitoring is also made simple and safe with the use of T-Stat white light disposable sensors that are offered in a selection of sizes to ensure the right fit for each individual case. Whether it is a smaller intraoral flap or a larger DIEP free flap, there are sensor sizes to choose from that suit each procedure. The noninvasive sensor is left on for the duration of the patient's stay.