Tips, Quips, and Pearls| Volume 49, ISSUE 2, P191-193, March 2010

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Precise Intraoperative 60° Skin Z-plasty

Published:February 01, 2010DOI:


      The primary objective of this tip is to assist foot and ankle surgeons in performing a precise 60° lengthening Z-plasty in the operating room without the use of a template or protractor. A ruler and basic trigonometric principles are applied to the line of contracture to obtain consistent and reliable results.


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