Micro-vascular reconstruction of complex post traumatic ankle and foot defects with free anterolateral thigh flap: single centre experience
Keywords:Post traumatic, Ankle and foot defect, Microvascular reconstruction, Anterolateral thigh flap
Background: Ankle and foot reconstruction is challenging for plastic surgeon due to paucity of local soft tissue and poor blood supply. Anterolateral thigh (ALT) free flap become popular reconstructive option where microsurgical expertise available.
Methods: Retrospective study of 26 patients of complex post traumatic ankle and foot defect underwent free anterolateral thigh free flap reconstruction during 2 years duration.
Results: ALT free flap provides satisfactory reconstructive option with only 8% flap loss in our study and minimal donor site morbidity. Flap thinning required in 19% patients on long term for adequate shoe fitting.
Conclusions: ALT free flap provide like with like tissue replacement for foot and ankle reconstruction with supple skin cover for subsequent surgeries if required.
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