Subcutaneous tissue flaps for hallux covering

Luca Vaienti, Victor Urzola, Andrea Scotti, L. Masetto

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Abstract

With the understanding of the extensive vascular supply of the subcutaneous tissue, of its efficacy in the protection of the anatomical structures and of its capability of promoting the adequate functioning of very stressed regions of the human body, the use of subcutaneous adipose flaps has become a valid and sometimes the only reasonable therapeutic weapon in the treatment of small and medium-sized tissue loss. Such a defect represents a common complication of great toe injuries and surgery. Here subcutaneous flap reconstruction is proposed for the treatment of dorsal and medial soft tissue losses of the hallux complicated with infection. Two case are reported. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this application has not been reported in this anatomical site so far. The technique might be worth knowing both for orthopedic and plastic surgeons, as it may represent a safe, less invasive solution for most tegumentary problems of the dorso-medial side of the first ray.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Hallux reconstruction
  • Subcutaneous tissue flap
  • Tegument infection
  • Turn-over flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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