Meaning of Z-plasty in English:



mass noun
  • A technique in orthopaedic and cosmetic surgery in which one or more Z-shaped incisions are made, the diagonals forming one straight line, and the two triangular sections so formed are drawn across the diagonal before being stitched.

    ‘the Achilles tendon is lengthened by Z-plasty’
    count noun ‘opening the constriction, he does a Z-plasty, a favourite type of operation for lengthening’
    • ‘Z-plasty is performed by rotating two transposition flaps with an angle of 60° with the middle limb of the Z on the scar.’
    • ‘In refractory cases, pisiform excision with or without Z-plasty lengthening of the FCU is usually curative with return to racquet sports in 6 to 8 weeks.’
    • ‘This patient underwent successful repair of the band with Z-plasties following delivery.’
    • ‘Dr. Koranda successfully performed reconstructive surgery with multiple Z-plasties to stretch out and relax the scars.’
    • ‘Not all scars lend themselves to Z-plasty, however, and it requires an experienced plastic surgeon to make such judgments.’