Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo1*, Adam Finzen2, Tom Campbell2, Luis Sanchez2 and Michael Regan2
1Department of Surgery, Chicago Foot and Ankle Deformity Correction Center, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2Department of Surgery, Section of Podiatric Surgery, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lower extremity limb salvage is a costly and difficult aspect of health care. Inadequate preparation, planning, and execution can lead to unsatisfactory results. In an effort to advance the surgical skills for lower extremity surgeons, this paper offers several different procedures focusing on the orthoplastic aspect of limb salvage. The medial hemi-soleus, the lateral hemi-soleus, and peroneus brevis muscle flaps can be excellent tools in the arsenal of a surgeon attempting to preserve a patient’s limb. These procedures, among many others in the lower extremity, create large wounds that are in need of closure and are described in detail. Therefore, the authors also provide a novel method for wound closure consisting of skin staples and vessel loops which can be used in a multitude of surgical and clinical scenarios, supported by several case presentations.
Rodriguez-Collazo E, Finzen A, Campbell T, Sanchez L, Regan M. Orthoplastic Techniques in Lower Extremity Reconstruction. Clin Surg. 2017; 2: 1632.