Lotus petal perforator flap for reconstruction of an extended chronic presacral defect after radiotherapy and rectal cancer resection

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Abstract

Aim

As a result of their extent and complexity, pelvic wounds after surgery for anorectal malignancy often require a multidisciplinary approach to accomplish closure. This report describes a successful reconstruction using the lotus petal perforator flap.

Method

This flap is based on perforators of the internal pudendal artery and was partially depithelialized for plugging the defect.

Results

Wound healing was achieved after 12 days.

Conclusion

The lotus petal flap is a relatively simple and successful choice for reconstruction of an extended chronic presacral defect after radiotherapy and rectal cancer resection.

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