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The use of an osteocutaneous free fibular graft as a single-stage reconstructive procedure for composite tissue loss is increasingly common. Detailed anatomical study in cadavers of the blood supply to the graft demonstrates cutaneous arteries arising from the peroneal artery and then passing along the posterior surface of the lateral intermuscular septum. These vessels pierce the crural fascia and then ramify to supply the skin. Knowledge of the vascular anatomy of the skin overlying the fibula is essential to the success of the graft.

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date

03/1988

Volume

70

Pages

319 - 321

Addresses

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Headington, Oxford, England.

Keywords

Fibula, Surgical Flaps, Skin, Humans, Cadaver, Aged, Middle Aged