Combined turnover vastus lateralis and lateral gastrocnemius flaps as a salvage option for soft tissue reconstruction of the knee

Combined turnover vastus lateralis and lateral gastrocnemius flaps as a salvage option for soft... Infection with subsequent wound breakdown and soft tissue deficit represents the most devastating complication after total knee arthroplasty. Although microsurgical reconstruction is increasingly being performed in this setting, several factors may preclude its use. We present a case of a 52-year-old female patient who presented with a complex right anterior knee wound resulting from a complicated clinical course following total knee arthroplasty. Initial reconstructive efforts included coverage with a superiorly based fasciocutaneous thigh flap as well as a medial gastrocnemius flap. Persistence of infection and necrosis of the distal aspect of the fasciocutaneous flap eventually required salvage by means of a vastus lateralis turnover muscle flap augmented by a lateral gastrocnemius muscle flap. The combination of these two fairly straightforward muscle flaps provided stable wound coverage with well-vascularized tissue without the use of sophisticated microsurgical expertise. Level of Evidence: V, therapeutic study http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Combined turnover vastus lateralis and lateral gastrocnemius flaps as a salvage option for soft tissue reconstruction of the knee

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-012-0806-z
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Abstract

Infection with subsequent wound breakdown and soft tissue deficit represents the most devastating complication after total knee arthroplasty. Although microsurgical reconstruction is increasingly being performed in this setting, several factors may preclude its use. We present a case of a 52-year-old female patient who presented with a complex right anterior knee wound resulting from a complicated clinical course following total knee arthroplasty. Initial reconstructive efforts included coverage with a superiorly based fasciocutaneous thigh flap as well as a medial gastrocnemius flap. Persistence of infection and necrosis of the distal aspect of the fasciocutaneous flap eventually required salvage by means of a vastus lateralis turnover muscle flap augmented by a lateral gastrocnemius muscle flap. The combination of these two fairly straightforward muscle flaps provided stable wound coverage with well-vascularized tissue without the use of sophisticated microsurgical expertise. Level of Evidence: V, therapeutic study

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 2013

References

  • Supercharged reverse pedicle anterolateral thigh flap in reconstruction of a massive defect: a case report
    Komorowska-Timek, E; Gurtner, G; Lee, GK

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