The flap course Planning

Recommended Plan for Dissection

The flap dissections should be performed in an orderly manner in order not to damage other flaps in the same region with consequent loss of opportunity to study that anatomy. Before starting the dissection of a flap ensure that you know your landmarks well; if not ask a member of the faculty. Make sure you understand fully the anatomy of a flap before moving on to the next one as there will be plenty of time for dissection. This list is not exhaustive but represents the typical range of flaps

Flap Course Dissection

Monday Free Flaps I
(Cadaver supine)

Groin flap,
Free Fibula,
Omental flaps,
Jejenul flaps.

Monday PM - Free Flaps II
(Cadaver supine)

Anterolateral thigh flap,
Dorsalis pedis flap,
Free toe flaps.

Tuesday AM - Upper Limb
(Cadaver supine)

Lateral arm flap (including the distally based flap),
Posterior interosseous flap,
Becker flap,
Radial forearm flap (proximally based/distally based/free),
Quaba and Maruyama flaps,
Foucher flap,
Finger flaps: (cross finger, Evans/V to Y advancement, Atasoy, Kutler, Moberg).

Tuesday PM - Lower Limb
(Cadaver prone)

Posterior thigh flap,
Hamstring and biceps femoris flaps,
Saphenous flap, Sural artery flap (distally based),
Gastrocnemius flap, Soleus flap, Medial plantar flap,
EDB flap,
Tensor fascia lata flap,
Gracilis flap.

Wednesday AM - Trunk
(Cadaver prone)

Latissimus dorsi flap,
Serratus anterior flap,
Scapular flap,
Parascapular flap,
Gluteus maximus flaps S-GAP,
Gluteus medius flaps I-GAP.

Wednesday PM - Trunk
(Cadaver supine)

Perforator flaps: ( LICAP, LTAP, MICAP,  AICAP, TDAP )
Rectus abdominis flaps: ( VRAM, TRAM, DIEP)

Thursday AM - Head and Neck I
(Cadaver supine)

Temporal flaps (Superficial Temporal Fascia, Deep Temporal Fascia and Temporalis),
Scalping flaps,
Forehead flap (Supratrochlear artery flap),
Bilobed flaps to nose,
Cheek flaps,
Lip flaps: (Abbe, Abbe-Estlander on one side, Karapandzic, Fan flap)

Thursday PM - Head and Neck II
(Cadaver supine)

Deltopectoral flap,
Pectoralis major flap,
Pectoralis minor flap,
Trapezius flap.


To derive the most benefit from the week, it is advised that the participant is aware of the uses and anatomical landmarks for raising the flaps. After registration for the course a password will be issued to access the online version of the Flap Manual. The participant should become familiar with the flaps described. During the surgery a printed version will be made available, as well as a memory stick containing the popular flaps.

It is clear from past experience that there is a wide range of speciality interest of participants who attend the course, and often there is a preference to carry out only a small number of relevant flaps in some cases. The flap course is ideal in offering only two participants per half of the cadaver, so the opportunity to dissect particular flaps is possible with the assistance of the partner. We recommend however that all modules are attended to maximise the dissection opportunities.

All cadavers are fresh frozen cadavers, using the most modern imaging and dissection instruments.

It is advisable that you bring magnifying loupes with you to facilitate dissection of free, perforator and small flaps.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Secretary to Mr James Woakes details found on the contact link.

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