Title: A Study on the use of Abdominal Flaps to Reconstruct Upper Limb Defects
Authors: Dr Rohit Munot, Dr Maksud Devale, Dr Amarnath Munoli
Upper limb injury is one of the most common forms of trauma presenting to any major tertiary care center. These patients usually young and are in their productive years of life. Appropiate and long lasting cover is most important factor for recovery and functional rehabilitation of injuried upper limbs1 Despite an increasing number of free flaps being used for reconstruction, abdominal flaps still have maintained their place and are commonly employed for reconstruction of these defects. Various abdominal flaps which are used for reconstruction of upper limb defects include groin flap, paraumbilical perforator flap, hypogastric flap, SEPA flap, or combination of above flaps. This study attempts to emphasis varsatality of various abdominal flaps performed. for reconstruction of upper limb defects of various sizes and shapes. This study discusses indications, planning and outcomes of these flaps peformed at our institute. We would also like to highlight secondary surgeries performed after abdominial flaps.