It is often difficult to create a functional stump from a traumatic amputation, especially in a child. A case is described of a traumatic, high, below-knee amputation in a five-year-old child. The resulting stump was too short to allow a conventional below-knee prosthesis, decreasing gait efficiency. The Ilizarov technique was used to increase tibial length. Bony lengthening was very successful, but several problems were encountered with the soft-tissue reconstruction. This technique of stump reconstruction holds promise only if the soft-tissue problems are anticipated. The suggestions for future stump-lengthening procedures are preparatory plastic surgery for skin requirements including infection prevention measures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Clinical orthopaedics and related research|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine