One-stage osteoplastic reconstruction of the thumb

Tahseen A Cheema, Steve Miller
Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery 2009, 13 (3): 130-3
One-stage osteoplastic reconstruction of the thumb is based on a reverse-flow forearm osteocutaneous flap. It is indicated in traumatic loss of the thumb at or around metacarpophalangeal joint level in situations where replacement with a toe is not feasible or patient desires against such a transfer. It is relatively an easier method of thumb reconstruction and does not require microsurgical expertise. Donor-site morbidity is small. Complications include delayed wound healing at donor site, radius fracture, and venous congestion. This technique is a useful reconstruction option for traumatic loss at the middle-third level of the thumb.

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