Reconstruction of through-and-through gunshot wounds to the feet with free gracilis muscle flaps

Lee L.Q. Pu, Daniel A. Medalie, Steven J. Lawrence, Henry C. Vasconez

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations


Reconstruction of a through-and-through gunshot wound (GSW) to the foot remains a challenging problem for plastic and orthopedic surgeons, because it is difficult to achieve reliable soft tissue coverage of the foot while at the same time optimizing foot contour and weightbearing. In the past year, four patients with such an injury were treated with initial wound debridement and stabilization of the metatarsals, followed by a free gracilis muscle transfer with a split-thickness skin graft. One patient also had a secondary iliac bone graft to the first metatarsal. All patients have completely healed wounds, are free of osteomyelitis, and have achieved an excellent contour and good ambulation of the foot without donor site problems. Thus, a free gracilis muscle transfer should be considered first for reconstruction of a through-and-through GSW to the foot, because it can provide reliable soft tissue coverage with excellent contour and minimal donor site morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-291
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


Dive into the research topics of 'Reconstruction of through-and-through gunshot wounds to the feet with free gracilis muscle flaps'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this