Lower Extremity Positioning to RelieveTension During Surgical Reconstruction

November 2008 | Volume 7 | Issue 11 | Case Reports | 1094 | Copyright © November 2008

Adam J. Mamelak MD, Ofer Arnon MD,Leonard H. Goldberg MD

Abstract
Surgical wounds on the lower extremity often suffer from prolonged and poor healing secondary to decreased blood flow, the effects of gravity, and excessive tension placed on the wound. Ensuring perfect apposition of wound edges free of tension during the surgical repair can augment this healing process. The authors detail a simple and effective technique for improving repairs and outcomes when operating on the lower limb by relieving tension on the wound through leg positioning.