European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 523–526 | Cite as

The use of a Gore-Tex prosthesis to stabilise venous drainage in an amputated distal forearm replantation

  • Tomas Kempny
  • Martin KnozEmail author
  • B. Lipovy
  • A. Priol
  • J. Holoubek
Case Report


Venous drainage disorders are one of the common complications after peripheral limb replantation. We report a middle-aged male patient who underwent a macro-amputation of the distal forearm at the wrist as part of an occupational accident. After successful replantation, a postoperative venous drainage disorder develops, which despite multiple revisions and the installation of a wide venous grafts could not be permanently repaired and endangered the preservation of the hand. The use of a Gore-Tex prosthesis allows a sufficient venous drainage and was the last option to preserve the limb. As far as we know, the available sources give no information about the use of Gore-Tex prostheses in venous drainage restoration in a case of hand replantation. The resulting limb drainage was sufficient, exhibiting both stability and minimal complications in healing. Despite significant advances in surgical technique, replanting the amputated hand in the forearm remains a challenge for the reconstructive surgeons’ community.


Gore-Tex prosthesis Hand amputation Thrombosis Vascular graft Vein graft 


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Conflict of interest

Tomas Kempny, Martin Knoz, Bretislav Lipovy, Andreas Priol and Jakub Holoubek declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

For this case report, formal consent from a local ethics committee is not required.

Informed consent

Patient signed two different consents in which he accepts to share his photos and information of the treatment for scientific purposes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryKlinikum Wels – GrieskirchenWelsAustria
  2. 2.Österreich Unfallkrankenhaus Salzburg der AUVASalzburgAustria
  3. 3.MEDICentOstravaCzech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Burns and Plastic SurgeryUniversity Hospital BrnoBrnoCzech Republic
  5. 5.Faculty of MedicineMasaryk University BrnoBrnoCzech Republic
  6. 6.Department of Plastic and Aesthetic SurgerySt. Anne’s University HospitalBrnoCzech Republic

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