[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fingertip defect significantly affects the appearance of the hand. The aim of this research was to evaluate the clinical effect of aesthetic fingertip reconstruction with partial second toe transfer.
Between July 2005 and December 2008, 17 patients underwent aesthetic fingertip reconstruction with partial second toe transfer. The mean size of fingertip defects was 0.7 cm (ranging from 0.5 - 1.1 cm). Anastomosis was performed between one dominant plantar digital artery and one proper digital artery, between two dorsal digital veins of the toe and two dorsal digital veins of the finger, respectively, for the reconstruction of blood supply to the reconstructed finger. Two plantar digital nerves of the toe were then sutured to two proper digital nerves of the finger for the restoration of fingertip sensation.
All reconstructed fingers survived completely. The follow-up period ranged from 6 to 24 months, and the appearance of the reconstructed fingertip was similar to that of the normal fingertip. Two-point discrimination of the reconstructed fingertip was (7.8 ± 1.3) mm. The recovered pinch strength of the reconstructed finger was about (89.0 ± 5.1)% of that of the normal finger. Donor site healed well without complications.
Partial second toe transfer is an ideal aesthetic reconstruction method for fingertip defects; it can not only achieve a satisfactory appearance of the fingertip, but can also obtain excellent sensory and motor functions.
Chinese medical journal 10/2011; 124(19):3013-6. · 1.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Traumatic thumb defects significantly affect the function and appearance of the hand; thus, thumb reconstruction is very important in clinical practice. In our report, three reconstruction strategies of toe-to-thumb transplantation, based on the amputation level of the thumb, were used for immediate thumb reconstruction in 27 patients with traumatic thumb defects. All procedures were performed successfully. Patients were satisfied with the function and appearance of the reconstructed thumb. These results indicate that if the reconstruction method is properly selected based on the amputation level of the thumb, toe-to-thumb transplantation is feasible for the immediate reconstruction of the thumb.
International Orthopaedics 04/2011; 35(4):543-7. · 2.02 Impact Factor