Emergency free-flap transfer for reconstruction of acute complex extremity wounds

Samuel H.T. Chen*, Fu Chan Wei, Hung Chi Chen, Chwei Chin Chuang, M. Samuel Noordhoff

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Nine patients with complex extremity injuries were treated with emergency free-flap transfers over a 3½-year period. T h e transferred emergency free flaps were performed to cover exposed vital structures. All flaps survived without infection. Complete and careful assessment of the systemic condition of the patient and the nature of the injured extremity is mandatory. Emergency free-flap transfers may salvage the limb or finge r and may improve the functional and aesthetic results with the shortest possible hospital stay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-888
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 05 1992
Externally publishedYes


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