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Z-plasty is used to lengthen scars and wounds. We describe the use of a modified technique to shorten wounds in ten consecutive patients undergoing acute shortening of a limb as part of an Ilizarov procedure. The modified technique gave good exposure, easy closure of the wound and fewer problems with healing than standard incisions.

Original publication

DOI

10.1302/0301-620x.83b5.11585

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Bone Joint Surg Br

Publication Date

07/2001

Volume

83

Pages

668 - 671

Keywords

Bone Lengthening, Cicatrix, Dermatologic Surgical Procedures, Fractures, Ununited, Humans, Ilizarov Technique, Reoperation, Surgical Flaps, Suture Techniques, Tibial Fractures