Lower Extremity Reconstruction

Guthrie plastic and reconstructive surgeons work together with Guthrie orthopaedic surgeons for the limb restoration of patients with severe lower extremity traumas.  Treatments include:

  • Skin grafts: a superficial portion of skin without blood supply taken to cover an open wound or defect.
  • Local/regional flaps: flaps consisting of muscle to gain soft tissue coverage in areas with severely damaged soft tissue.
  • Free flaps (microsurgery): flaps consisting of skin/subcutaneous fat, skin/subcutaneous fat/muscle, skin/subcutaneous fat/ muscle/bone, or only muscle or only bone that are disconnected from their blood supply and reconnected to the blood vessels near the defect to be filled.