A modified reversed digital island flap incorporating the proper digital nerve

Karacalar A., Sen C., Ozcan M.

ANNALS OF PLASTIC SURGERY, vol.45, no.1, pp.67-70, 2000 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/00000637-200045010-00013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-70
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


A standard reversed digital artery flap is based on the digital artery and vena comitantes alone, leaving the proper digital nerve intact. In the authors' opinion, in situations in which the fingertip pulp is lost completely, it is unnecessary to leave the nerve in situ, Using their technique, the proper digital nerve is included in the pedicle, The pedicle is raised as a monobloc of fatty tissue containing the small veins important for drainage. The proper digital nerve in the flap is sutured to the stump of the opposite proper digital nerve. They found this flap to be very reliable, and quite easy and quick to raise. A patient is presented and discussed in detail.