Delayed abdominal wall reconstruction of giant ventral hernias using the anterolateral thigh free flap for skin coverage.
Delayed abdominal wall reconstruction for extremely large ventral hernias can be exceedingly difficult if there is a concomitant skin deficiency. In the past decade, six such patients after restoration of the integrity of the musculofascial layer required vascularized tissues to accomplish closure of huge mid-abdominal defects using in all cases the anterolateral thigh free flap. As with all perforator flaps, this ensures function preservation of the intrinsic abdominal muscles to provide a reliable solution to a difficult challenge.
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Hallock G. G. (2012). Delayed abdominal wall reconstruction of giant ventral hernias using the anterolateral thigh free flap for skin coverage. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 73(4), 1028–1030. https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0b013e31825eec7c
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery