A 22-year-old man presented with traumatic crush-avulsion injuries to the left index, ring and small fingers resulting in complex soft tissue loss and acute three-finger ischaemia. The patient underwent immediate revascularisation and soft tissue resurfacing of the three digits using three separate venous flow-through free flaps performed in a single-stage operation. Continued follow-up after 9 months confirmed successful salvage of these three digits. Multiple simultaneous venous flow-through free flaps can be considered as a viable alternative reconstructive modality for traumatic multi-digit ischaemia where both graft-based digital artery reconstruction and soft tissue coverage are required for multiple digits.
- accidents, injuries
- orthopaedic and trauma surgery
- plastic and reconstructive surgery
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Contributors SRA: Literature review, composition of draft, review, final draft, submission. OHB: Literature review, composition of draft, case correlation, review, final draft. CMM: Literature review, composition of draft, case correlation. SMW: Conceptualisation, surgical procedure, patient care, patient management, review, final draft.
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