Z plasty

Z plasty

surgical procedure to elongate contracted/congenitally shortened soft tissue; Z-shaped incision made across line of greatest tension/contraction; triangular flaps so created are raised to either side, transposed and sutured into place Figure 1
Figure 1: (A) V-Y plasty. (B) 'Z' skin plasty. This article was published in Neale's Disorders of the Foot, Lorimer, French, O'Donnell, Burrow, Wall, Copyright Elsevier, (2006).