Journal article

Eleven-Year Follow-up of Cross-Leg Replantation for Traumatic Bilateral Amputation

Sophie Ricketts, Richard De Steiger, Alain Breidahl

JOURNAL OF RECONSTRUCTIVE MICROSURGERY | THIEME MEDICAL PUBL INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

The advent of microsurgery has allowed the replantation of traumatically amputated limbs. Replantation of a severed limb to the contralateral stump in bilateral traumatic amputation, however, is rarer, and criticisms include a prolonged hospital stay and complications. A 54-year-old man was caught in a paper-pulping machine and suffered bilateral lower limb amputation rendering his left lower leg unsalvageable. The right lower leg, after debridement however, was suitable for replantation to the left stump. This replantation was performed successfully. The patient was rehabilitated with a contralateral prosthesis and ambulates with a walking stick. At 11-year follow-up the patient has a prefe..

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