WARNING: Graphic Surgery Images Follow!
By Dr. Samuel Yoder
This gorgeous girl is a 13 year-old spayed female Lab. She presented with a malignant cancerous growth right above the outside of her left ankle. This is a bad area for removal of a growth because there is no extra skin.
To provide the skin coverage for this tumor, a genicular axial pattern flap was performed, which involves taking the skin from the outside of the thigh and rotating it down over the skin deficit created from removing the tumor above the ankle.
Below is a representation of a genicular axial pattern flap.
1 month post-surgery:
…and here she is, fully recovered. Success!