Rhomboid Flap: An Option to Many Anatomical Regions - (Pages 14-18)

Érico Pampado Di Santis1, Beatriz Lopes Ferraz Elias2, Elisangela Manfredini Andraus2 and Samuel Henrique Mandelbaum3

1Doctorate Student in Universidade Federal de São Paulo – Brazil; 2Dermatology Department, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté (HUT), Taubaté – SP, Brazil and 3Medical Department, Universidade de Taubaté (UNITAU); Head of the Dermatology Department, HUT / UNITAU, Brazil



Introduction: The rhomboid transposition flap can be used at any region on the body surface, and is widely used on reconstructive surgery. When it is used for surgical procedures in order to correcting facial defects, the Limberg’s flap produces good functional and aesthetic results, particularly when scars are positioned between the aesthetic units of the face.

This article will describe the rhomboid flap technique and discuss the versatility, safeness, applicability and complications of Limberg’s flap for cutaneous reconstruction, which can be in a huge part of body segments

Results and Discussion: The Limberg’s flap is a rhomboid transposition flap. The flaps are made by taking into account size and location of the original defect and elasticity of the surrounding tissue. From the resection defect resulting, a lozenge is drawn with internal angles of 60 degrees and 120 degrees and the closure is completed by transposing the flap towards the defect. This flap provides very good results to be executed with predictability, high safeness degree and low rate of complications.

Keywords: Flap, Limberg, Reconstruction, Rhomboid, Surgery.