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Sural nerve preservation in reverse sural artery fasciocutaneous flap-a case report

Emmanuel E Esezobor1*, Osita C Nwokike2, Segun Aranmolate3, John E Onuminya2 and Folake O Abikoye4

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

2 Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma/Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria

3 Oak Specialist Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

4 Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Nigeria

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Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research 2012, 6:10  doi:10.1186/1750-1164-6-10

Published: 9 October 2012



The reverse sural artery flap is a generally accepted means of soft tissue reconstruction for defects of the distal third of the legs. The routine sacrifice of the sural nerve with its consequential temporary loss of sensation on the lateral aspect of the foot can be of concern to early rehabilitation of some patients.


This is a case report of a 24 years old male who had Gustillo and Anderson type IIIB injury involving the upper part of the distal 3rd and the middle 3rd of tibia. A reverse sural artery flap was raised without transecting the sural nerve to cover the distal part of the defect.


The distal part of the exposed bone was covered with the reverse sural artery flap without loss of sensation at anytime to the lateral part of the foot.


The reverse sural artery flap can be raised to cover the upper portion of the distal leg without severing the sural nerve.

Sural nerve; Fasciocutaneous flap; Nerve preservation