Reconstruction of a large abdominal defect is a technically demanding procedure. A single flap is sometimes insufficient for cover. Compound procedures play an important role in solving this problem. The case of a 35-year-old man with a large abdominal hernia as a result of a traumatic defect on the right abdomen, previously covered by a skin graft, is presented. The reconstructive method was initially expansion of posterior and upper parts of the defect and also of the tensor fascia lata in situ and then deepithelization of the previous skin graft over the intestinal serosa. The defect was covered by Prolene mesh, the upper and dorsal expanded skin was approximated, and an expanded tensor fascia lata flap was transposed to complete the cover. During follow-up examinations, there were no complications such as infection or recurrence of the hernia.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 18, 1999
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