Background Defects of the Achilles tendon region still represent a tricky issue in lower limb surgery. Among the several reconstructive possibilities, local propeller perforator flaps have gained popularity in the last decade.
Materials and methods We report our experience with eight patients affected by small-to-moderate soft-tissue defects of the Achilles tendon region, who underwent surgical reconstruction with local flaps based on posterior tibial perforator branches.
Results All patients healed successfully in terms of aesthetic and functional aspect. In only one case a transient venous congestion was observed and this resolved spontaneously.
Conclusions Although the surgical technique requires much care and skill, including an extremely gentle dissection of perforator vessels, local propeller flaps should be considered the first-line choice for reconstruction in small-to-medium size soft-tissue defects in the Achilles region.
- Achilles tendon
- Perforator flap
- Soft-tissue reconstruction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine