Question 1 (March 2018)

A 35 year old woman is listed for a mastectomy and free-flap breast reconstruction for breast cancer


a) List 3 causes of flap failure (3 marks)

b) Outline 5 main physiological goals that are important for a healthy free flap outcome (5 marks)

c) List 7 important anaesthetic considerations for this type of surgery (7 marks)

d) What 5 specific parameters must be monitored of the free flap post operatively (5 marks)