A novel treatment for plantar ulcers in leprosy: Local superficial flaps

Pratik Gahalaut, Jerome Pinto, Ganesh S. Pai, Jagannath Kamath, Thangam V. Joshua

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Abstract

Plantar ulceration is the most common serious disability occurring in patients of leprosy. Growth and emergence of innovative procedures in plastic surgery has greatly revolutionized the treatment of this highly frustrating problem. In the present study, a total of 40 leprosy patients were included. These ulcers were managed using different types of local superficial flaps (advancement, rotation, transposition and first toe web flap). Majority of ulcers healed within 4 weeks and patients were discharged within 6-8 weeks postoperatively. Patients were followed up for a period of 6 months to 3 years. Ulcers recurred in only 25% of all the ulcers operated upon and we observed that management of plantar ulcers by using appropriate local superficial plantar flaps is a viable option and worth trying in view of low incidence of recurrence and relatively shorter duration of hospital stay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-231
Number of pages12
JournalLeprosy Review
Volume76
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2005

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