Background Defects of the Achilles tendon region still represent a tricky issue in lower limb surgery. Among the several reconstructive possibilities, local propeller perforator flaps have gained popularity in the last decade.Materials and methods We report our experience with eight patients affected by small-to-moderate soft-tissue defects of the Achilles tendon region, who underwent surgical reconstruction with local flaps based on posterior tibial perforator branches.Results All patients healed successfully in terms of aesthetic and functional aspect. In only one case a transient venous congestion was observed and this resolved spontaneously.Conclusions Although the surgical technique requires much care and skill, including an extremely gentle dissection of perforator vessels, local propeller flaps should be considered the first-line choice for reconstruction in small-to-medium size soft-tissue defects in the Achilles region.
|Titolo:||Posterior tibial artery perforator flaps for coverage of Achilles region defects|
VAIENTI, LUCA (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Achilles tendon; Ankle; Perforator flap; Soft-tissue reconstruction; Emergency Medicine; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/19 - Chirurgia Plastica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.injury.2014.10.037|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|