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Lisfranc's amputation

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Partial amputation of the foot at the tarsometatarsal joint, with the sole being preserved to make the flap. The technique was used to treat forefoot gangrene from frostbite. Lisfranc was widely known for his ability to amputate a foot in less than a minute.


  • J. Lisfranc:
    Nouvelle méthode opératoire pour l'amputation partielle du pied dans son articulation taros-metatarsienne. Paris, Gabon, 1815.

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