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Decorative repair and reconstruction of subtotal thumb and finger defect with trimmed toe flap transfer

Decorative repair and reconstruction of subtotal thumb and finger defect with trimmed toe flap transfer

Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi 85(38): 2667-2673

In partial loss of distal finger segment, a corresponding part of the toe tissue compound is harvested and transplanted for repair or reconstruction. This new procedure gives forth a new concept and is called decorative repair or reconstruction. In a series of 77 patients with 88 thumb and/or finger subtotal defects in forms of lateral half, dorsal half or volar half composite tissue defects were reconstructed with lateral nail-skin flap, dorsal skin-nail flap or pulp flap taken from corresponding part of the toes. The blood circulations were re-established by anastomosing digital arteries of the toe transplants and fingers. In this series 75 patients with 78 fingers reconstructed are successful. The overall survival rate is 97.5%. Follow-up examinations made half to 12 years postoperatively showed the fingers are having a normal length, outward appearance and function. There are nails preserved. The pulps are full. Sweating function are present. Two-point-discrimination tests are between 4-6 mm. By decorative reconstruction of subtotal dorsal, lateral, or volar halves defect of thumb and/or fingers by transplanting corresponding part of soft tissue taken from the toe has the merit of repair of any parts of tissue loss precisely what is needed. This procedure is better than any traditional toe-to-hand transfer and realizing the exact meaning of decorative reconstruction.

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