We describe our experience using the proximal pedicled anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap for the reconstruction of trochanteric defects. Seven ALT island flap procedures were performed in 6 patients between September 2006 and May 2007. Four of the 7 patients had trochanteric pressure sores because of paraplegia. In these patients, intramuscular perforators were dissected to raise a fasciocutaneous flap. Three myocutaneous flaps of the vastus lateralis muscle were used to treat osteomyelitis of the trochanter with implant extrusion. The mean follow-up was 7 months (range, 2–12 months), and all flaps survived. Trochanteric coverage with the proximal pedicled ALT flap gave excellent results. We conclude that the ALT flap is a reliable flap for trochanteric coverage.
From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.
Received June 21, 2007 and accepted for publication July 13, 2007.
Reprints: Shyi-Gen Chen, MD, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, No. 325, Sec. 2, Cheng-Kung Road, Nei-Hu 114, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. E-mail: email@example.com.