Burn scar contractures of the feet: Efficacy of bilateral simultaneous surgical correction

Prema Dhanraj, Faro Owiesy, Linda G. Phillips, Robert L. McCauley

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Children who sustain large total body surface area (TBSA) burns with involvement of the lower extremities frequently sustain injuries to the dorsum of the feet. Burn scar contractures of the feet can develop as a sequela of the burn injury. Such contractures frequently require surgical correction. Many surgeons proceed with staged unilateral corrections when both feet are equally in need of operative intervention. The purpose of the study is to determine if the morbidity for correction of bilateral dorsal foot contractures is different from that for the correction of unilateral dorsal foot contractures. A retrospective review from January 1994 to July 1999 was undertaken. Forty-five patients with photographic record of burn scar contracture of the feet were identified. Twenty-five patients underwent staged unilateral surgical correction and twenty patients underwent simultaneous bilateral correction of the feet. All patients underwent surgical correction with split thickness skin grafts (STSG). No statistical difference was found in terms of mortality, development of contracture, or number of reconstructive procedures. However, the length of stay revealed the efficacy of the bilateral simultaneous release of the dorsal feet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-819
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Burn
  • Foot contractures
  • Simultaneous correction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery


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