The anterograde homodigital neurovascular island flap

Ryan D. Katz

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The value of the human fingertip is incalculable. More than just aesthetic, the fingertip is an instrument through which we navigate our environment and acquire information. All too often, fingertip reconstruction is either not attempted or attempted without adhering to the fundamental principle of "replacing like with like." Through detailed description and case examples, this article highlights the power and utility of the anterograde homodigital neurovascular island flap in fingertip reconstruction. This single-stage flap can reliably resurface large soft tissue defects with sensate glabrous skin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1226-1233
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Direct flow flap
  • fingertip
  • homodigital flap
  • island flap
  • reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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