Reconstruction of the umbilicus after tumor excision is of great aesthetic importance for the patient. Methods for umbilical reconstruction have been described but do not provide elegant solutions to the problem. The method presented permits reconstruction using two opposing trapezoidal skin flaps at the excision margin. The umbilical cavity is restored by anchoring these flaps at the linea alba. This reconstruction was carried out on seven patients after melanoma excision of the umbilical area.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 1, 1997
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