Free Medial Femoral Condyle Flap for Salvage Arthrodesis of Carpal Osteomyelitis

Steven T. Lanier, Eugene Park, Jason H. Ko*

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Osteomyelitis of the carpus is a challenging reconstructive problem that is fortunately rare. Aggressive debridement of infected and non-viable bone is essential, often leaving extensive bone defects. Non-vascularized bone grafting is an option, but there is literature to suggest that vascularized bone reconstruction leads to faster and more successful union rates, while maintaining low complication rates. In this chapter, the use of a free medial femoral condyle (MFC) flap for salvage wrist arthrodesis to treat osteomyelitis of the entire carpus is outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Scenarios in Reconstructive Microsurgery
Subtitle of host publicationStrategy and Operative Techniques
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030237066
ISBN (Print)9783030237059
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Medial femoral condyle (MFC) flap
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Vascularized bone
  • Wrist arthrodesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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