Title

Refinement of the Radial Forearm Flap Donor Site Using Skin Expansion.

Publication/Presentation Date

1-1-1988

Abstract

The radial forearm flap has proven to be versatile for free vascularized composite tissue transfers as well as for ipsilateral upper extremity reconstructions that require no microsurgical expertise. The most common objection to this otherwise advantageous donor area has been the subsequent nonaesthetic donor-site deformity. In addition, skin grafts frequently fail over the flexor carpi radialis tendon leading to chronic skin breakdown or at best tendon adhesions. Both these concerns may be ameliorated by means of tissue expansion of the remaining dorsal forearm skin to then allow removal of the skin-grafted portion of the donor site. These problems should be anticipated at the time of initial flap elevation so that the same incisions can be used for immediate placement of expanders.

Volume

81

Issue

1

First Page

21

Last Page

25

ISSN

0032-1052

Disciplines

Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

3336635

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article