Complex abdominal wall reconstruction: The plastic surgeon’s perspective

Alexander T. Nguyen, Donald P. Baumann, Charles E. Butler

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Surgical planning in complex abdominal wall reconstruction requires the combined efforts of plastic surgeons and general surgeons. To achieve the goals of reestablishing the integrity of the musculofascial unit and providing cutaneous coverage of the abdominal wall defect, surgeons must take into consideration local wound conditions, optimize the utility of remaining tissues, reinforce the abdominal wall with mesh, and provide durable skin replacement. To minimize hernia recurrences and maximize preservation of function, this type of complex abdominal wall reconstruction should be attempted only by teams of highly experienced surgeons

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgery of Complex Abdominal Wall Defects
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781461463542, 9781461463535
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Bioprosthetic mesh
  • Component separation
  • Free flap
  • Minimally invasive component separation
  • Pedicled flap
  • Ventral hernia repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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