A New Surgical Technique for Polysyndactyly of the Toes without Skin Graft.

Abstract:

:Reconstruction for polysyndactyly of the toes aims at cosmetic improvement. A previous method that uses a skin graft has inherent disadvantages of mismatched pigmentation between the graft and the surrounding skin and scar formation at the donor site. The authors' new improved surgical technique for the treatment of polysyndactyly of the toes does not require a skin graft and therefore avoids these problems. The authors designed a subcutaneous flap from the distal portion of a rectangular flap of skin from the dorsal side of the interdigital webbing and moved the former flap to the sidewall of the base of a toe. Both flaps are the same size; therefore, an interdigital space had to be of sufficient size to accommodate both of them. To ensure an adequate blood supply to the flap, careful handling of the subcutaneous flap is essential for success. This procedure can apply to polysyndactyly of the fourth, fifth, and sixth toes when the fourth and fifth toes adhere over the distal side of the distal interphalangeal joint and when the skin on the dorsal side of the fifth toe, regarded as the excessive one, is at lease twice the size of the dorsal rectangular flap. Ten patients with polysyndactyly of the toe were treated with this method. Aesthetically good results were obtained.

journal_name

Plast Reconstr Surg

authors

Hayashi A,Yanai A,Komuro Y,Nishida M

doi

10.1097/01.prs.0000131882.19567.65

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2004-08-01 00:00:00

pages

433-8

issue

2

eissn

0032-1052

issn

1529-4242

pii

00006534-200408000-00020

journal_volume

114

pub_type

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