Continuing Education Activity
An M-plasty is an excisional technique used to remove standing cutaneous deformities, also known as dog ears, from the end of a linear repair. Dog ears represent excess tissue formed in the process of wound closure. There are many different techniques for the removal of a dog ear. Non-excisional techniques include serially halving the incision which effectively distributes tissue across the length of the incision. Serially halving may not work in all situations and is dependent on the amount of excess tissue and the length of the wound. For example, this technique will have a limited impact on short incisions or large dog ears. This activity describes the indications, contraindications, and technique involved in performing M-plasty and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the pre-operative and post-operative care of patients undergoing this procedure.
- Identify the indications for M-plasty.
- Describe the technique involved in performing M-plasty.
- Review the complications associated with M-plasty.
- Outline the importance of enhancing care coordination amongst interprofessional team members to improve outcomes for patients undergoing M-plasty.