Amputation for antipersonnel mine injuries of the leg: preservation of the tibial stump using a medial gastrocnemius myoplasty

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1989 Nov;71(6):405-8.


Antipersonnel mines are very commonly used in modern warfare. They produce a recognisable pattern of injury to the leg, which frequently spares the gastrocnemius muscle. Surgical amputation is often indicated. Medial gastrocnemius myoplastic below-knee amputation is suitable for these injuries. The technique permits cover and preservation of an acceptable tibial stump.

MeSH terms

  • Amputation Stumps
  • Amputation, Surgical / methods*
  • Amputation, Traumatic / surgery
  • Blast Injuries / surgery*
  • Explosions
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / surgery*
  • Male
  • Muscles / surgery*
  • Warfare