Utilization of the Free Fibular Flap for First Metatarsal Reconstruction.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Beyond being aesthetically unpleasing, metatarsal defects have been known to lead to several patient concerns such as intermetatarsal malpositioning and metatarsalgia. There are several reconstructive techniques that have been utilized for reconstruction of bony defects in the foot, including the free dorsal toe flap and dorsal metatarsal perforator flap. Our institution has utilized the free fibular flap for surgical management pertaining to tarsal reconstruction. Our study looks to evaluate the work of a single plastic surgeon and identify patient postoperative outcomes. A retrospective chart review was conducted at Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak for patients who underwent first metatarsal reconstruction with a free fibular flap between the years 2015 and 2022. Demographic data, operative details, complications, medical comorbidities, and patient outcomes were retrospectively gathered and analyzed. A total of two patients were isolated after chart review. Both patients were found to have tolerated the procedure well and had no intraoperative complications. In addition, all patients had clinically viable flaps and were satisfied with their surgical results. The free fibular flap may be used effectively in the management of metatarsal defects that have failed prior therapy. In our study, both patients who underwent surgical management with a free fibular flap were noted to have successful long-term results. With the right expertise and patient population, a free fibular flap can be highly successful in the repair of metatarsal defects.
Gupta R, Pfennig M, Gannon J, Young D, Gupta R, Hart J, et al. [Kissel BG, Kissel EC, Fortin P, Chaiyasate K] Utilization of the free fibular flap for first metatarsal reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022 Dec 12;10(12):e4706. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000004706. PMID: 36530855.