REPAIRS OF COMPLEX GROIN WOUNDS WITH CONTRALATERAL RECTUS ABDOMINIS MYOCUTANEOUS FLAPS


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Abstract

Management of complex groin wounds posterior to complications of vascular prosthetic surgery, malignant tumor excision, and irradiation therapy for recurrent cancers continued to pose a difficult task in reconstructive surgery. Pedicled and microsurgical myocutaneous flaps are valuable tools for wound repairs, but applications of these flaps are limited when the healthy vascular vessels are not available around the wound. In this report, we present our experience on the use of the contralateral rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps for the coverage of the groin complex wounds in 13 patients. All the flaps were completely survived and the wounds healed uneventfully. The results suggest that the contralateral myocutaneous flap can be used for the repair of the groin wound with presence of significant comorbidities in the area, in which the ipsilateral local flaps and microsurgical flaps are not available.

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