Muscle flaps for chronic osteomyelitis of the lower extremity

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The transfer of muscle and its blood supply to the chronic wounds of osteomyelitis is providing a cure for many victims of the disease. The establishment of a new, rich blood supply is the cornerstone of this surgical procedure. Bone, which is relatively avascular, cannot conquer osteomyelitis, and the bone is destroyed. The new blood supply allows treatment of the disease and promotes new bone growth. Postoperatively, patients are immobile, requiring frequent assessments and preventive planning by nurses. Removing all pressure from the flap is the major principle guiding nursing care of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalOrthopaedic Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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