An alternative method to free flap for distal leg and foot defects due to electrical burn injury: Distally Based Cross-Leg Sural Flap [Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg]
Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2016; 22(1): 46-51 | DOI: 10.5505/tjtes.2015.35306  

An alternative method to free flap for distal leg and foot defects due to electrical burn injury: Distally Based Cross-Leg Sural Flap

Cengiz Eser, Erol Kesiktaş, Eyüphan Gencel, Emrah Efe Aslaner, Metin Yavuz
Department Of Plastic Surgery, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey

High voltage electrical injuries can cause devastating results especially in distal extremities. Althought the free flaps are the golden standards for the reconstruction of these defects, sometimes local flap alternatives are more useful. One of the most favorable local flap is distally based sural flap (DBSF). This flap can be used in cross-leg fashion when ipsilateral extremity is affected by a high voltage electrical injury.
In this study, we evaluate long term results of 11 patients who had reconstruction to the lower extremity due to a high voltage electrical burn injury between the years of 2003-2013.
The cross-leg DBSF has good tissue compliance, provides tissue of adequate quantity and quality for leg and foot defects, and has low complication rates in the long term.

Keywords: high-voltage electrical injury, distally-based sural flap, free flap


Cengiz Eser, Erol Kesiktaş, Eyüphan Gencel, Emrah Efe Aslaner, Metin Yavuz. An alternative method to free flap for distal leg and foot defects due to electrical burn injury: Distally Based Cross-Leg Sural Flap. Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2016; 22(1): 46-51

Corresponding Author: Cengiz Eser, Türkiye


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