Plastic surgeons are masters of soft tissue management and that has its application in lower limb surgery.
The spectrum is -
- Trauma surgery - soft tissue trauma, nerve and tendon injury, and limb salvage in coordination with the ortho team.
Regardless of the antecedent aetiology, lower extremity salvage and reconstruction attempts to avoid amputation, restore limb function, and improve quality of life outcomes. This goal requires a treatment team well-versed in neurovascular pathology, skeletal and soft tissue reconstruction, and physical rehabilitation.
- Diabetic foot surgery - from the treatment of acute necrotic conditions to surgical offloading to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Congenital anomalies of the lower limb.