One of the greatest needs in plastic surgery is a successful and reliable way to monitor skin flap perfusion after microsvascular, reconstructive procedures. Early visual signs of ischemic flaps are unreliable and hard to detect. Currently there are a few devices on the market, but none of them are the true answer to what the industry has been looking for. The key components that would satisfy the likes of surgeons and staff while monitoring post-op are:
- a non invasive and easy to place sensor that will not harm nor hurt the flap or patient
- rapid response time with continuous results
- reliable, reproducible and accurate readings
- an easy to use monitor that is understandable to both surgeons and nursing staff
The T-Stat VLS Tissue Oximeter answers these concerns using VLS (Visable Light Spectroscopy) for a true and absolute microvascular reading within the flap. The light source at the end of the probe does not create enough heat and is of no harm to the patient or the skin flap. With the use of either a surface sensor or a cutaneously placed micro sensor, the sensors are both non-invasive and provide stable and consistent readings. The T-Stat monitor is easy to read and navigates easily with a user friendly touch screen application. The readings give the real-time saturation level and also provide a graph that can track continuously over 4 days of monitoring. If further analysis of the complete data would like to be reviewed, there is an easy USB key transfer on the back of the monitor with enough internal memory to collect data for up to 30 days on a single patient.