Reconstruction of extremity war injuries begins with aggressive forward resuscitative care and stabilization of the trauma patient. After serial care in progressively better supported medical environments, definitive management is done at the level V military treatment facility. Aggressive forward care coupled with rapid air transport has enabled increasingly complex care to be administered at the continental United States military facilities; however, it has also made the decision between limb salvage and amputation more challenging. Yet to be determined are (1) the optimal timing of definitive wound closure or coverage in coordination with fracture stabilization and (2) the optimal types of flap for both upper and lower extremity reconstruction. Records of patients with complex lower and upper extremity wounds who were treated at the National Naval Medical Center between September 2004 and June 2006 reveal useful short-term data. Longer-term data, such as fracture union rate, time to ambulation, range of motion and global function of salvaged limbs, patient satisfaction with limb salvage, and average cost, are not yet available.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons|
|State||Published - Sep 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine