Knee extensor mechanism reconstruction with an extended gastrocnemius flap and a saphenous neurocutaneous flap

Jong Woong Park, Yong Seuk Lee, Jong Keon Oh, Jung Ho Park, Jae Wook Lee, Joon Soo Park

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Abstract

A 35-year-old woman had multiple fractures due to pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident by a truck. An open comminuted patellar fracture was initially managed with a tension band and cerclage wiring and primary closure of the wound. Other fractures were managed with proper internal fixation. Unfortunately, the fractured patella and overlying soft tissue became totally infected and a wide necrosis occurred. To control the wound, a complete debridement of dead tissue was undertaken and the patella and its tendon were removed, leaving a large bone and soft tissue defect on the knee joint. To reconstruct the extensor mechanism, an extended medial gastrocnemius flap including a tendinous portion of the Achilles was used. A saphenous neurocutaneous flap was simultaneously used for additional soft tissue coverage around the proximal tibia and remaining patellar tendon. At 12 months postoperatively, she showed complete extension, 135 degrees of flexion, and grade IV knee extensor power and was able to ambulate without a walking aid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-312
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr

Keywords

  • Extended gastrocnemius flap
  • Extensor mechanism
  • Reconstruction
  • Saphenous neurocutaneous flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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