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IFSSH scientific committee on skin coverage: 2015 report


Giesen, T; Adani, R; Carmes, S; Dumontier, C; Elliot, D; Calcagni, M (2016). IFSSH scientific committee on skin coverage: 2015 report. Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation, 35(5):307-319.

Abstract

Skin coverage in hand reconstruction is a challenging and vast chapter in hand surgery; covering every aspect of it in a report is simply not feasible. Therefore, this report focuses on a few specific topics. The coverage of anatomical regions like the fingertips is common ground for hand surgeons worldwide, but in the last 10 years, various refinements have been published in order to optimize the reconstruction of this organ. Nevertheless, in many emergency departments, the amputation of badly injured fingertips, including the thumb, remains the preferred treatment. The main focus of this report is to counter this tendency by providing alternatives to surgeons. Large defects in the fingers involving more than one segment, defects in the palm and in the dorsum of the hand are currently debated in international meetings. The use of skin substitutes vs. the use of extremely refined microsurgical procedures vs. classic island flaps has generated animated discussions, which are also influenced by cultural and socioeconomic factors around the world. This report offers the views of six surgeons from four different countries, in the hope of animating discussions and suggesting new approaches.

Abstract

Skin coverage in hand reconstruction is a challenging and vast chapter in hand surgery; covering every aspect of it in a report is simply not feasible. Therefore, this report focuses on a few specific topics. The coverage of anatomical regions like the fingertips is common ground for hand surgeons worldwide, but in the last 10 years, various refinements have been published in order to optimize the reconstruction of this organ. Nevertheless, in many emergency departments, the amputation of badly injured fingertips, including the thumb, remains the preferred treatment. The main focus of this report is to counter this tendency by providing alternatives to surgeons. Large defects in the fingers involving more than one segment, defects in the palm and in the dorsum of the hand are currently debated in international meetings. The use of skin substitutes vs. the use of extremely refined microsurgical procedures vs. classic island flaps has generated animated discussions, which are also influenced by cultural and socioeconomic factors around the world. This report offers the views of six surgeons from four different countries, in the hope of animating discussions and suggesting new approaches.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reconstructive Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:October 2016
Deposited On:06 Feb 2017 10:28
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 23:02
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2468-1210
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hansur.2016.07.005
PubMed ID:27781975

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