CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Plast Surg 2016; 49(01): 35-41
DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.182229
Original Article
Association of Plastic Surgeons of India

A case series of flow-through free anterolateral thigh flap to augment the vascularity of ischaemic limbs with soft tissue defect

Aditya Aggarwal
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Hardeep Singh
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Sanjay Mahendru
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Vimalendu Brajesh
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Sukhdeep Singh
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Srinivasan Krishnan
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Rakesh Kumar Khazanchi
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medanta ..The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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Publication History

Publication Date:
13 August 2019 (online)

ABSTRACT

Introduction: In a world of fast moving vehicles, heavy machinery and industries crush injury to limbs with vascular compromise and soft tissue defect is common. The traditional treatment is a 2 step one dealing with vascular repair and soft tissue cover separately, in the same operation. We report a series of single step vascular repair and soft tissue cover with flow through anterolateral thigh flap (ALT) flap for limb salvage. Materials and Methods: Ten patients with soft tissue defect and vascular injury were included in this study. A two team approach was used to minimise operative time, team one prepared the vessels and team 2 harvested the flap. Observations and Results: Of the ten patients operated (8 males), eight flaps were done for upper limb and two for lower limb salvage. Six anastomosis were done with ulnar vessels, two with radial and two with posterior tibial vessels. Nine extremities could be salvaged while one patient developed progressive thrombosis leading to amputation. Conclusion: The ALT flow-through flap is a versatile single step procedure that can be used to salvage an ischemic limb with soft tissue loss avoiding the need for interpositional vein graft.