CMKI in the News

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Staff & Fellow Publications | 0 comments

Reconstruction of complex hand injuries that involve devascularization of digits and extensive soft tissue defects requires careful planning. Management of such injuries includes, but is not limited to, skeletal stabilization, repair of tendon and nerves, revascularization followed by soft tissue coverage. Vein grafts are often required to revascularize the digits. These vein grafts need soft tissue coverage preferably using a flap [1].

The survival of digits is often not certain in severely mangled extremities and affected digits are lost. In addition, the native tissue in the zone of injury takes time to demarcate and it is difficult to determine its viability during the initial surgery [2]. If flap coverage is performed primarily, it might result in inadequate coverage due to possible wound necrosis, expanding the existing defect size. Also, if the fingers do not survive, the patient may need an additional flap in anticipation of a toe-to-hand transfer.

Hence, a temporizing measure before definitive coverage would be very useful in the reconstructive algorithm. Such a procedure would allow time to establish revascularization and demarcate the zone of injury [3]. We describe a temporizing technique using Integra® (Integra LifeScience Corporation, Plainsboro, NJ) and our experience in two cases of devascularized complex hand injuries.

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Passing of Dr. Joseph E. Kutz (1928-2020)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2020 in CMKI in the News, In the News | 0 comments

The world lost an icon when Dr. Joseph E. Kutz left us on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Dr. Kutz was born on June 11, 1928 to Joseph M & Hazel Kutz in Standish Michigan. He specialized in surgery of the hand and reconstructive microsurgery from 1964 until his retirement at the age of 87. He was a co-founder of Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and performed the nation’s first successful hand transplant in 1999. Many people all over the world benefitted from his expertise. It was not a job to Dr. Kutz, it was his passion. Dr. Kutz was a member of numerous medical societies including the...

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Congratulations to the Christine M. Kleinert Institute Hand Surgery Fellowship Class of 2019-2020

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in CMKI in the News, In the News | 0 comments

Thank you Bryan for the great social distancing...

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The 2019 Harold E. Kleinert and Joseph E. Kutz Visiting Professor in Hand and Microsurgery – Donald Lalonde MD FRCSC

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in CMKI in the News, In the News | 0 comments

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Congratulations to the Christine M. Kleinert Institute Hand Surgery Fellowship Class of 2018-2019

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in CMKI in the News, In the News | 0 comments

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48th Annual Kleinert Society Reunion Dinner

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in CMKI in the News, In the News | Comments Off on 48th Annual Kleinert Society Reunion Dinner

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