Reverse pedicled forearm flap is a reliable and easy option for hand and wrist reconstruction. Between 2000 and 2009, eight patients underwent elective reconstruction of an upper extremity using a pedicled reverse radial forearm flap with a modified technique; a retrospective chart review of the results is presented. The surgically modified procedure is described. The flap donor area is deepithelialized with a dermatome and the split-thickness skin graft obtained is left on the donor site pedicled proximally; the deepithelialized flap is then elevated and rotated with the standard technique and the forearm donor site is covered by repositioning and suturing the skin previously harvested with the dermatome. This useful and easy technical modification allows prevention of post-operative pain and long-term dyschromia in the split-thickness skin graft donor site, making the reverse pedicled forearm flap an even better option in hand and wrist reconstruction.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 1, 2012
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