ePlasty: Vol. 20
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Hand and Forearm Flaps: Maximizing Utility of Cadaveric Specimens
Mehul Thakkar, MBBS, and James Henderson, MA, MB, BChir, MD, FRCS(Plast)

Department of Plastic Surgery, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, United Kingdom


Correspondence: m.thakkar@nhs.uk

Abstract presented as a poster at BSSH Autumn Scientific Meeting April 2019.
Keywords: hand flaps, teaching, cadaveric hand course, local flaps, regional flaps

Dear Sir,

Cadaveric hand surgery courses are increasingly popular amongst plastic surgery and orthopedic trainees in the United Kingdom and beyond. They offer the opportunity to perform complex soft-tissue reconstructions in a pressure-free environment on the closest approximation to living human tissue. Trainees enhance their understanding of surgical approaches and gain confidence in their ability to carry out such procedures in the operating theater.

We must ensure that the maximum possible benefit is obtained from every single specimen while being mindful of the donors’ generosity in leaving themselves to the betterment of medical practice. Cadaveric tissue is too precious a resource to waste.

We identified common and classic flaps in the hand and forearm along with other standard approaches to the hand. We then combined them in to a logical scheme in .......