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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 1 ( January-March, 2021 ) > List of Articles

Plastic Surgery Corner

Reverse Sural Artery Flap for Dorsum of Foot Reconstruction

Sunil Gaba, Ramesh K Sharma, Jerry R John, Suraj R Nair, Mohsina Subair, Gowtham Kampalli

Citation Information : Gaba S, Sharma RK, John JR, Nair SR, Subair M, Kampalli G. Reverse Sural Artery Flap for Dorsum of Foot Reconstruction. J Foot Ankle Surg Asia-Pacific 2021; 8 (1):28-32.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10040-1139

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 08-03-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Introduction: Loss of skin over the dorsum of foot is a common clinical entity. Infection, trauma, and vascular disease represent the most common etiological factors. Salvage of foot in these cases has a bearing upon the quality of life of the patient. The reconstruction process is often complex and varied as per exigencies. Reverse sural artery flap is an easy and reliable option for reconstruction of dorsum of foot defect. Protocol and operative steps: Reverse sural artery draws its vascularity from the communication of the peroneal artery and the median sural artery. The flow of the flap is from the distal to the proximal and represents an elegant option for dorsum of foot. We have described the peninsular variant of the reverse sural artery. Conclusion: The coverage of the defects of the dorsum of foot in trauma can be performed either immediately if the wound conditions are favorable or we may have to delay the procedure of definitive cover by a few days till the wound conditions improve by use of vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) application. Split thickness graft, reverse sural artery flap, and free flaps provide safe and viable options for dorsum of foot defects. Reverse sural artery is reliable option in the armamentarium of the reconstructive surgeon.

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