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.