V-Y Dorsal Metacarpal Flap: A New Technique for the Correction of Syndactyly without Skin Graft

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Abstract

A new technique for web reconstruction in congenital syndactyly is described. Twenty-one web spaces in 12 patients were treated using this method. The dorsal metacarpal flap was used as an island V-Y advancement to cover the newly created web space, thus avoiding skin graft in this space. A follow-up of 6 months to 2 years showed neither recurrence of the deformity nor web creep of any degree. The operation is rapid, easy, and reproducible. It is suggested that this technique can be used in all types of syndactyly. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 101: 1861, 1998.)

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