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Lower Extremity Reconstruction - Knee eMedicine Plastics

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Location: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1291548-overview

Description: Soft tissue defects of the knee that require reconstructive surgery occur after trauma or following a surgical procedure. A common procedure that may require reconstructive surgery to achieve adequate soft tissue coverage of the knee is total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Wound breakdown with exposure of the prosthesis is rare and is a challenge for both plastic and orthopedic surgeons. Previously, recommended management has been implant removal followed by arthrodesis and, at times, has required above-knee amputation (AKA). More recently, the goals are to preserve the prosthetic components and the function of the knee.1 Knee coverage to avoid arthrodesis or AKA results in a more normal gait and greatly reduces the energy required for the patient to ambulate.
Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Knee Updated: Jan 27, 2009 full text Author: Steven L Bernard, MD,

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Author/Contact: Steven L Bernard, MD
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Added: Sun Nov 01 2009