Management of foot injuries with free-muscle flaps

Thomas R Stevenson, S. J. Mathes

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Transfer of a free-muscle graft with application of a split-thickness skin graft is one of many techniques available for reconstruction of the massive foot injury. the durability of such a reconstruction has been questioned. We have treated nine patients suffering from foot injuries with extensive soft-tissue loss. Each patient underwent reconstruction using a free-muscle transfer covered by a split-thickness skin graft. A mean follow-up of 33 months (range 17 to 48 months) is reported for these nine patients. Each patient is ambulatory. One patient developed an ulcer on the plantar surface, which was treated successfully by flap revision and skin grafting. We feel this technique provides a durable reconstruction for significant soft-tissue loss of the foot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-669
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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