The “Sandwich Therapy”: A Microsurgical Integrated Approach for Presternal Keloid Treatment

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Abstract

Background

Keloid therapy remains a great challenge for plastic surgeons, especially when the defect cannot be closed primarily, necessitating tissue transplantation. Here, we introduce a new treatment modality, called the sandwich therapy, for presternal keloids; the sandwich therapy incorporates preradiotherapy, superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator (SCIP) flap transplantation, and postradiotherapy.

Methods

From December 2012 to October 2013, 12 patients received the “sandwich therapy.” For the protocol, all patients went through 5 days of specific events: the precut procedure, preradiotherapy, resection and SCIP flap transplantation, donor site radiotherapy, and final presternal radiotherapy.

Results

All the flaps survived completely. No complication was observed during the perioperative period. With a mean follow-up of 12 months, only 1 case was reported with an incisional hypertrophic scar. In all patients, the main discomfort complaints were resolved postoperatively.

Conclusions

A low-tension or without-tension closure could be achieved with SCIP flap transplantation. The perioperative radiotherapy could further lower the risk of keloid recurrence. The sandwich therapy provides a new surgical approach to presternal keloid treatment.

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