Workhorse Flaps for Soft Tissue Coverage in the Hand

Paul Tran, Crystal Kavanagh, Steven L. Moran

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Soft tissue defects of the hand are frequent and can be due to a variety of causes, including trauma, infection, and tumor. Numerous flaps have been described for the coverage of these defects but in our hands we have found 3 flaps capable of providing coverage for the majority of hand defects; these flaps include the first dorsal metacarpal artery island flap, the heterodigital island flap, and the radial forearm flap (with its variations, including perforator-based and fascia-only flaps). This article will provide an overview of the surgical technique required for successful usage of these 3 flaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-130
Number of pages12
JournalOperative Techniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Dorsal metacarpal artery island flap
  • Flaps
  • Hand coverage
  • Heterodigital island flap
  • radial forearm flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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