Soft tissue coverage in abdominal wall reconstruction

Donald P. Baumann, Charles E. Butler

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Abdominal wall defects requiring soft tissue coverage can be either partial-thickness defects or full-thickness composite defects. Soft tissue flap reconstruction offers significant advantages in defects that cannot be closed primarily. Flap reconstruction is performed in a single-stage procedure obviating chronic wound management. If the defect size exceeds the availability of local soft tissue for coverage, regional pedicled flaps can be delivered into the abdominal wall while maintaining blood supply from their donor site. Microsurgical free tissue transfer increases the capacity to provide soft tissue coverage for abdominal wall defects that are not amenable to either local or regional flap coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1209
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hernia
  • Reconstructive surgical procedures
  • Surgical flaps
  • Surgical mesh

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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