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Functional Results of Limb Salvage in Below-Knee Type III C Open Fractures or Traumatic Amputations.
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PMID:  23023809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study presents the surgical and functional outcomes of below-knee total leg amputation and Gustilo type III C open fracture cases that were considered appropriate for salvage treatment according to a more proactive approach, despite being candidates for amputation according to the current scoring systems. Nineteen patients (21 legs) underwent replantation-revascularization surgery. At least Chen Grade II functional level was the aim. A limb salvage operation was performed in 21 legs in 19 patients (18 male, 1 female). The mean age was 28.5 years (range: 11 to 42 years). Six legs in four patients presented with total amputation, and 15 legs in 15 patients had Gustilo Type III C open fractures. A successful replantation/revascularization was performed in 20 legs, with a Chen Grade I and Grade II functional outcome in 3 and 17 legs, respectively. None of these patients were eligible for salvage operation according to currently used scoring systems. Limb-preserving surgery performed upon the assessment of local and general conditions of the patients with traumatic below-knee amputations or Gustilo Type III C open fractures seems to be a viable therapeutic option that can serve to achieve Chen Grade II functional level in most patients.
Fatih Parmaksizoglu; Mehmet Bekir Unal; Eren Cansu; Ali Sefik Koprulu; Yener Ince; Ebru Yurga
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of reconstructive microsurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-8947     ISO Abbreviation:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502670     Medline TA:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.
Department of Orthopedics, Yeni Yuzyil University, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.
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