Eur J Plast Surg (2011) 34:69–70 DOI 10.1007/s00238-010-0530-5 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Nonvascularized transfer of DIP to PIP joint as a backup procedure for vascularized heterotopic joint replantation Andres Rodriguez-Lorenzo & Andes Felipe Pineda Received: 19 July 2010 /Accepted: 26 October 2010 /Published online: 2 December 2010 Springer-Verlag 2010 Sir, literature, thus, it may not ensure joint articular cartilage The function of the hand as a well-integrated unit depends preservation due to the lack of vascular supply . upon the normal motion of its individual joints, especially We outline here a favorable outcome obtained through the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and proximal interphalan- transferring nonvascular DIP joint to PIP joint position as a geal (PIP) joints. Injury to a single joint may result in rescue procedure after unsuccessful heterodigital joint significant and permanent impairment to the hand, and replantation. acute treatment is critical in the maintenance of the joint. A 61-year-old man who suffered severe injuries to the The goal of treatment of the traumatized joint is to provide right hand with a circular saw was admitted to our a painless, stable joint with a useful range of motion and hospital. The second digit was subamputated with acceptable appearance . Ultimately,
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2011
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