Banking a fillet flap to aid in reconstruction following a hindquarter amputation

Banking a fillet flap to aid in reconstruction following a hindquarter amputation A hindquarter amputation and hemipelvectomy for recurrent malignancy presents a reconstructive challenge to the plastic surgeon. Tumour resection leaves a considerable defect, with exposure of bone, neurovascular structures, pelvic and abdominal organs. A free lower leg fillet flap is a recognised method of providing soft tissue coverage, but ischaemic time is often lengthy as described in the literature. We present a unique method of providing soft tissue coverage using a free lower leg fillet flap, and minimising ischaemic time by banking the flap on the ulnar artery during the hindquarter amputation and tumour resection. Level of Evidence: Level V, therapeutic study. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Banking a fillet flap to aid in reconstruction following a hindquarter amputation

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-015-1151-9
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Abstract

A hindquarter amputation and hemipelvectomy for recurrent malignancy presents a reconstructive challenge to the plastic surgeon. Tumour resection leaves a considerable defect, with exposure of bone, neurovascular structures, pelvic and abdominal organs. A free lower leg fillet flap is a recognised method of providing soft tissue coverage, but ischaemic time is often lengthy as described in the literature. We present a unique method of providing soft tissue coverage using a free lower leg fillet flap, and minimising ischaemic time by banking the flap on the ulnar artery during the hindquarter amputation and tumour resection. Level of Evidence: Level V, therapeutic study.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2016

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