The radial forearm flap has become a versatile flap for upper extremity reconstruction. The use of the forearm flap for hand reconstruction in the patient with previously burned forearms has not been widely appreciated. In those patients whose forearms have been previously split-thickness skin-grafted on fascia, we have employed the reverse radial forearm flap as a skin graftfascial flap for hand reconstruction and have obtained excellent functional results.
Three patients at various intervals postburn are presented to demonstrate use of this flap for wrist contracture release, coverage of arthroplasties, first web space contracture release, and acute salvage of halanges and tendons.
Assessment of the and's vascular anatomy and careful treatment of the donor area have contributed to no added morbidity and an excellent aesthetic result at the donor site.