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Title: Reverse anterior tibial artery flap for reconstruction of foot donor site
Authors: Dong, J.S. 
Peng, Y.P. 
Zhang, Y.X.
Lim, B.H. 
Pho, R.W.H.
Issue Date: Nov-2003
Citation: Dong, J.S., Peng, Y.P., Zhang, Y.X., Lim, B.H., Pho, R.W.H. (2003-11). Reverse anterior tibial artery flap for reconstruction of foot donor site. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 112 (6) : 1604-1612. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The foot offers numerous useful options for hand reconstruction. Hallux transfer, dorsalis pedis flap, second toe transfers, and toe joint transfers offer good functional results in reconstructed hands. However, when the donor site is repaired with skin grafts, delayed wound healing, scarring, and contractures often result. Poor cosmesis of the donor site and altered gait are the main drawbacks of the procedures. The authors propose a new concept of primary reconstruction of the donor foot using a reverse-flow anterior tibial flap from the same leg. Two flaps are raised from the same anterior tibial vessel system in continuity as a distal free flap for hand reconstruction and as a proximal reverse-flow pedicledflap to resurface the donor defect. This technique allows good flap reconstruction of the foot donor site, reducing morbidity and limiting the operation to the same limb. The authors report their experience of 33 cases. There were no failures. Primary wound healing was achieved in the foot donor site, with acceptable cosmesis and satisfactory function.
Source Title: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
ISSN: 00321052
DOI: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000086771.77788.6C
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