Cross-leg free flap for emergency extremity salvage: case report

J Reconstr Microsurg. 2001 Apr;17(3):157-61. doi: 10.1055/s-2001-14346.


The use of a cross-leg free flap and consequent limb salvage was successfully performed in a 10-year-old boy with a compound open fracture of the tibia, involving extensive skin and soft-tissue loss. This method should be kept in mind, as it may sometimes, in an emergency situation, lead to lower-extremity salvage, as in the case reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Surgical
  • Child
  • Debridement
  • Fractures, Open / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsurgery
  • Orthopedic Procedures*
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures*
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / surgery*
  • Surgical Flaps*
  • Tibial Fractures / surgery*