Soft-tissue coverage of an open tibial wound in the junction of the middle and distal thirds of the leg with the medial hemisoleus muscle flap

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Abstract

A relatively simple but reliable option for soft-tissue coverage of a less extensive tibial wound in the junction of the middle and distal thirds of the leg has never been determined. In this series, the author reports his clinical experience utilizing the medial hemisoleus muscle flap as a local reconstructive option for management of this unique clinical problem. Over the past 2 years, 14 patients underwent a soft-tissue reconstruction of an open tibial wound (4 × 3 to 10 × 5 cm) in the junction of the middle and distal thirds of the leg with the proximally based medial hemisoleus muscle flap. Only the medial half of the soleus muscle was elevated, with attention to preserving critical perforators from the posterior tibial vessels to the flap while allowing adequate arc of flap rotation to cover the exposed fracture site and hardware. All patients were followed for up to 2 years. Only 1 patient developed insignificant distal flap necrosis and was treated with debridement and flap readvancement. All patients had primary healing of their wounds, reliable soft-tissue coverage, evidenced fracture healing, and good cosmetic outcome during follow-up. Therefore, the medial hemisoleus muscle flap described by the author can be a reliable local option for soft-tissue coverage of a less extensive tibial wound in the junction of the middle and distal thirds of the leg with good outcome and minimal morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-643
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Lower extremity
  • Soft-tissue reconstruction
  • Soleus flap
  • Tibial wound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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