Near total calcanectomy with rotational flap closure of large decubitus heel ulcerations complicated by calcaneal osteomyelitis
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Osteomyelitis is a common late-stage sequela of deep heel ulceration and frequently results in leg amputation, because few options exist to effectively treat this challenging problem. A technique that has been successful at our institution is near total calcanectomy with rotational flap closure of large decubitus heel ulcers complicated by calcaneal osteomyelitis. A case series is presented of 3 patients with differing locations or "zones" of heel decubitus ulceration with acute osteomyelitis. A description of our preferred flap choice, given the zone of the ulceration, is demonstrated, as are the surgical principles for the treatment approach. This procedure is an effective option, provided specific principles are followed to achieve complete wound coverage and minimize pressure points both when in bed and when walking.
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