Reconstructive surgery can be used to treat irregularities of the lower extremities due to trauma, disease and congenital defect. The lower extremities include the hips, thighs, legs, ankles, and feet. There are many procedures available for repairing the skin, bones and soft tissue of the lower extremities. Below are a few of the procedures available through Leif Rogers, M.D., FACS Plastic Surgery.
Wounds are described as complex when bones, nerves, and tendons are exposed. Disease, wound size, infection and medical history can also categorize a wound as “complex.” Complex wounds have a more difficult time healing and closing. Surgical wound cleaning, microsurgical tissue transplantation and skin grafting are procedures that can help improve the time factor for healing as well as the quality of the healing process.
Nerve Injury Repair
Traumatic nerve injuries can cause severe pain and impair muscle function. Nerve areas that have experienced trauma may also develop thick scars, which are often extremely tender. Nerve injury repair can bridge the gap between nerve segments and minimize pain and sensitivity. Nerve grafting techniques can reconstruct nerve segments without sacrificing the function of the nerve. These procedures can improve the damaged nerves ability to conduct electrical signals and help increase the functionality of damaged muscles.
In some circumstances following an injury or disease related trauma to the lower extremities, the loss of tendon tissue is unbalanced. When this is the case, special suture techniques and tissue grafting can be used to improve recovery. Local muscles with a large amount of tendon surfaces can be reoriented and reconstructed in order to better cover the wound resulting in an improved outcome.
If you have questions about how we can help you with your particular case, please contact Leif Rogers, M.D., FACS Plastic Surgery and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.