Gastrocnemius transposition flap in conjunction with limb-sparing surgery for primary bone sarcomas around the knee


Plast Reconstr Surg. 1984 May;73(5):741-50
Malawer MM, Price WM

A primary gastrocnemius transposition flap is a useful technique for prosthetic coverage following extensive soft-tissue and bone resection for sarcomas of the knee joint. The gastrocnemius transposition flap is also a useful secondary procedure to treat local complications following attempted limb-sparing surgery. The gastrocnemius transposition flap is a simple procedure with minimal morbidity. Both medial and lateral flaps may be utilized if necessary. In addition, such flaps do not jeopardize local tumor control. We now recommend primary gastrocnemius transposition flaps for most limb-sparing procedures around the knee joint, especially when a prosthesis is utilized with or without adjuvant chemotherapy. 



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