Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is the first in our community to offer a new fluorescence imaging technology designed to reduce complications for plastic, reconstructive and general surgery patients. The technology
has high definition video cameras that make it possible for surgeons to visualize blood flow in real time.
Importance of Blood Flow Imaging
Adequate blood supply is important to the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissue. Even a few hours of impaired blood flow can cause permanent damage that may lead to post-operative complications.
Today, the surgeon’s judgment is the most common way of assessing blood flow. With advanced imaging, surgeons have a way to see beyond the limits of the human eye to visually assess blood flow in skin flaps and tissue in real-time.
Breast cancer patients offer one example. Typically, patients would need to have a second operation for implants following mastectomy.
“This technology helps with clinical decision making and helps to decrease complication rates to allow for direct implant placement at the time of mastectomy,” says Anna Widmyer, M.D., plastic surgeon.
Research has shown that patients who have immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy experience less anxiety and depression, compared to those who undergo delayed reconstruction.*
How Does the Imaging Technology Work?
This technology works by using a low-powered laser light source to stimulate a fluorescent imaging agent that is injected into the blood stream. The fluorescent agent binds to the proteins in blood and circulates through the body, allowing the surgeon real-time visualization of blood flow through vessels and into tissue.
Dr. Anna Widmyer, specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body.
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*Al-Ghazal SK et al. “The psychological impact of immeidate rather than delayed breast reconstruction.” (European Journal of Surgical Oncology) Feb. 2000