Surgical management of advanced hidradenitis suppurativa via a one-stage procedure: A single-center experience

Donna Ayala, Chathurika S. Dhanasekara, Kyle Thomas, Virginia Tran, Audrey Le, Audrey Hand, Adel Alhaj Saleh, John Griswold, Sharmila Dissanaike

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Background: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a debilitating skin condition; in severe forms it requires excision and skin grafting for cure. This is commonly performed as a multi-stage procedure; we explored single-stage operation as a more efficient alternative. Methods: Retrospective review 2007–2018 evaluating outcomes of patients undergoing single-stage surgery. Results: 139 one-stage procedures were performed: 35 excision and primary closure, 104 split-thickness skin grafting (STSG). Success rate was higher for STSG at 75% versus 60% with primary closure. Of failed primary closures, 57% required revision by grafting due to recurrence. Axilla procedures were most successful at 91% compared to 70%, 54%, and 50% for inguinal, gluteal, and perineal areas, respectively. Infection was the most common complication (17%), with 38% requiring readmission. Conclusion: Compared to prior literature on multi-stage HS treatment, one-stage operations are a feasible, cost-effective alternative. STSG should remain the procedure of choice, even when primary closure appears feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1462-1466
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Primary closure
  • Skin graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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