Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Soft Tissue Surgery, 1st Edition
Editors: Moran, Steven L.; Cooney, William P.
Over the past 30 years options for the soft tissue management of traumatic defects have increased with an improved understanding of pedicled flaps, the advent of microsurgery, and the development of negative pressure sponge therapy. Wound complications have decreased due to advances in antibiotic therapy and better debridement techniques. Improved knowledge of surgical anatomy has helped develop surgical incisions which provide better exposure while preserving regional blood supply. Despite these advances, there is still a need for every surgeon to know the techniques of debridement, soft tissue management, and proper incision placement for these are the foundation of successful surgery.
The educational goal of this text is to demonstrate how to avoid wound problems and how to cover wound problems if they should occur. Chapters illustrate pertinent anatomy, indications and contraindications for specific incisions, and methods for flap coverage in cases of soft tissue loss. Step-by-step accounts of the technical details are provided to carry out these exposures and procedures so that readers will feel they are watching over the shoulder of the contributing author in the operating room. Contributors are experienced in both soft tissue and bony management. Though all surgeons may not feel comfortable with performing all procedures presented in this book, they will at least know what they can expect or request during specialist consultation. This volume of the Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery series focuses on the management of the soft tissues as they relate to orthopaedic trauma, but is a text designed for all traumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, and anyone who has had the pleasure (or displeasure) of taking care of a difficult wound.