Posterior elbow wounds soft tissue coverage options and techniques

Ketan M. Patel, James P. Higgins

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Many options exist for reconstruction of the posterior elbow/olecranon area following wound formation. Careful early wound management is crucial to ensure successful outcomes following reconstruction. Local and regional options are preferred methods for soft tissue coverage in this region. Common flap options include the reversed lateral arm flap, the radial forearm flap, posterior interosseous artery flap, brachioradialis muscle flap, flexor carpi ulnaris flap, and the latissimus flap. The advantages and disadvantages of these flap options are discussed in this review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Elbow reconstruction
  • Flaps
  • Olecranon wounds
  • Posterior elbow wounds
  • Upper extremity flaps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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