[Therapeutic strategies for covering traumatic defects of the heel area].

Journal Article (English Abstract;Journal Article)

Tissue defects of the heel region are a challenging problem. Various reconstructive techniques were performed in 44 patients with 59 defects around the heel region, who were treated between 1994 and 1999 following a traffic accident in 27%, a burn injury in 25%, and other traumatic causes in 48%. Free flap coverage was performed in 20 defects (36%), local flaps were used in 15 patients (27%) and autologous skin transplantation in 21 patients (36%). The overall complication rate was 18% with the highest rate after local flap procedures. A therapeutic strategy was developed, which is based mostly on the localization and extension of the defect area.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Menke, H; Baumeister, S; Buchhold, C; Erdmann, D; Sauerbier, M; Germann, G

Published Date

  • December 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 104 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1145 - 1149

PubMed ID

  • 11808539

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0177-5537

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s001130170006


  • ger

Conference Location

  • Germany