Salvage of functional elbow range of motion in complex open injuries using a sensate transposition lateral arm flap

Simon C. Mears, Mary B. Zadnik, W. Andrew Eglseder

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Abstract

Complex open posterior elbow injuries pose three principal challenges to the reconstructive surgeon. First, the surgeon must provide stable soft-tissue closure over the joint/skeletal reconstruction. Second, the coverage must be thin and supple and promote the free gliding of the underlying structures. Finally, secondary and tertiary procedures must be anticipated beneath the flap, because a stiff, scarred, and adherent flap will only compromise these procedures. The results of 10 consecutive fasciocutaneous transposition lateral arm flaps for coverage of posterior elbow wounds are reported. This flap provides coverage that is thin and supple and that allows subsequent elevation for secondary procedures. Functionally, these flaps allowed for the development of an average arc of motion of 20 to 114 degrees and an average pronation-supination motion of 119 degrees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-535
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume113
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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