Intraabdominal challenges affecting abdominal wall reconstruction

Jennifer Movassaghi Moffett, Uri Gedalia, Amy Shengnan Xue, Lior Heller

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Abdominal wall defects may arise from trauma, infection, and prior abdominal surgeries, such as tumor resections. Although ideally reconstruction should be accomplished as soon as possible to restore the integrity and function of the abdominal wall, it is not always a viable option. A successful reconstruction must take into consideration the local environment of the defect, as well as the global condition of the patient. Therefore, it is imperative that a multidisciplinary team be involved to optimize the patient's care, particularly when a defect is complicated by a wound infection, an abscess, a fistula, or a neoplasm. Our goal in this article is to explore the challenges evoked by each of these special situations, and review the necessary steps for successful management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • abdominal wall reconstruction
  • enterocutaneous fistula
  • fistula
  • vesicocutaneous fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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