The use of temporal fascial flap (TFF) as a microsurgical option permits the covering of skin defects which expose bones, nerves and vessels; it also provides a gliding surface which facilitates tendon excursion. Other advantages of the TFF are a reasonably constant surgical anatomy, minimal donor-site morbidity, and a thin and pliable surface which results in good cosmetic contour. In this paper we present our experience using TFF to cover wounds with significant exposed surfaces in different body areas (hands, feet, popliteal fossa); an average of 7 years follow-up is presented. Eleven patients with various wounds are presented: 91% had a successful surgery, and the TFF was able to solve the primary problem. On follow-up it was seen that the surgical aim had been reached, with excellent skin quality in terms of pliability, range of motion and protection from secondary ulceration. All patients were satisfied with the final result, and were able to return to their normal lifestyle. Scars secondary to flap harvesting were of good quality and were able to be hidden by the hair. No significant areas of alopecia were noticed.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 1, 2005
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