Medial forefoot fillet flap for primary closure of transmetatarsal amputation: A series of four cases

Eliezer Sidon*, Shai Shemesh, Yoav Rosenthal, Snir Heller, Steven Velkes, Alon Burg

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Amputation of the forefoot is a salvage procedure for several forefoot acute or chronic infection. A good, sensate and durable skin cover is important for quicker and better rehabilitation. The use of filleted flaps (or “spare parts technique”) has been published in the past as a creative technique. The purpose of this article is to introduce a reproducible, pre-planned, technique that requires less creativity for the use of the “spare parts”. The authors describe a case series of 4 patients with deep infection and osteomyelitis of the forefoot, without involvement of the medial skin that underwent two staged procedure for transmetatarsal amputation with medial forefoot fillet flap. The first procedure was amputation of the 4 lesser metatarsal and the wound was left open. After a few days the second operation was done with amputation of the first metatarsal bone and using the filleted medial skin and subcutaneous tissue for closure of the wound. In conclusion the medial fillet flap is an effective method of covering large wounds after partial, lateral forefoot amputation. This method shortens the healing time of the patient, and in hospital stay. The authors recommend using the staged method when dealing with diabetic patients with partial, central and lateral forefoot deep infection and/or necrosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Angiosome
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diabetic foot
  • Fillet flap
  • Partial amputation
  • Spare parts


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