Complex Open Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: Management of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

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Abstract

Summary:

Optimal skin and soft tissue management in complex open abdominal wall reconstruction is an integral element of the operation to achieve optimal outcomes. Failure to provide stable, well-vascularized soft tissue coverage over the hernia repair can jeopardize the reconstruction through association with nonhealing wounds, mesh exposure, and even possible hernia recurrence. The literature has shown that careful attention to the skin and soft tissue, especially when part of a multidisciplinary approach to complex abdominal wall reconstruction, improves patient outcomes significantly.

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