Soft tissue coverage of the upper extremity: An overview

Harvey Chim, Zhi Yang Ng, Brian T. Carlsen, Anita T. Mohan, Michel Saint-Cyr

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Prehension is a complex function of the hand that gives it mechanical precision combined with a standard sensory pattern. The priority in soft tissue reconstruction for the upper extremity is to restore function. Significant injury to the upper extremity may result after trauma because of various etiologies. The timing and choice of soft tissue coverage for upper extremity defects warrant special consideration to avoid prolonged immobilization, which can result in joint stiffness, tendon adhesions, scar contractures, and ultimately, loss of function. This article reviews the various reconstructive options and considerations involved in providing coverage for upper extremity soft tissue defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-473
Number of pages15
JournalHand Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Hand
  • Soft tissue coverage
  • Soft tissue defect
  • Upper extremity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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