Microvascular toe interphalangeal joint transfer can serve as a means of autogenous digit proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) arthroplasty. Among surgical options for treating dysfunctional, absent, or destroyed PIPJs, free toe joint transfer is the most technically challenging and carries the greatest donor site cost to patients. Despite drawbacks, free toe joint transfer is a valuable tool with considerable advantages over conventional arthroplasty in the appropriate clinical setting. Particular advantages include lifelong durability, coronal plane stability, low infection risk, and growth potential in skeletally immature patients. This technique requires a balanced assessment of the risk-to-benefit ratio for each patient.
- Free joint transfer
- Joint replacement
- Toe to hand
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine