Trauma to the foot, leg and thigh can range from lacerations and fractures to cancer resections. In the case of injury, trauma surgeons’ focus is to restore critical structures, such as vessels, nerves and bones. If an open wound exists after these initial steps, reconstruction is the next step.
WHAT IS LOWER EXTREMITY TRAUMA RECONSTRUCTION?
Dr. Tutela will discuss the various treatment options with you, which may include local wound care, skin grafts, muscle or skin flaps from tissues that surround the wound, or the transfer of a flap from a different part of the body (Free Flap) with the assistance of the microscope (Microsurgery).
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LOWER EXTREMITY TRAUMA RECONSTRUCTION?
If you have an open fracture or exposed hardware, you may be a good candidate for Lower extremity reconstruction. The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tutela. Because every lower extremity reconstruction is unique, Dr. Tutela will conduct a physical examination and will then discuss possible risks and complications of the procedure.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LOWER EXTREMITY TRAUMA RECONSTRUCTION?
Your specific lower extremity reconstruction surgical plan depends on the type and location of damage, as well as your individual physiology. After performing a thorough physical examination, Dr. Tutela will provide you with professional guidance and recommendations for your surgery
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY FROM LOWER EXTREMITY TRAUMA RECONSTRUCTION?
Recovery from lower extremity reconstruction can take weeks and even months. As the severity of the wound will dictate the time of recovery, Dr. Tutela will provide detailed recovery instructions designed to minimize your downtime and possibly reduce the likelihood of additional trauma or damage to your lower extremities.