Microsurgical thumb reconstruction with toe transfer: selection of various techniques

F C Wei, H C Chen, C C Chuang, S H Chen
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1994, 93 (2): 345-51; discussion 352-7
Microsurgical toe transfer is an established method for reconstruction of missing thumbs. However, there is little agreement on which of the various techniques represents the ideal transfer. Basically, selection of technique requires balancing the patient's functional needs, appearance of the reconstructed thumb, and donor-site cosmesis. Based on our experience with 103 toe-to-thumb transfers performed over the past 9 years, this paper attempts to provide guidelines for appropriate selection among the four most commonly employed toe transfer techniques (e.g., second toe, total great toe, great toe wrap-around, trimmed great toe) so that optimal results and patient's acceptance can both be achieved.

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