Restoring abdominal wall integrity in contaminated tissue-deficient wounds using autologous fascia grafts

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Joseph J DisaSheri Slezak


Necrotizing abdominal wall infections, enteric fistulae, or exposed prosthetic material after ventral hernia repair often results in a loss of abdominal wall integrity. Further surgical reconstruction with prosthetic material is usually contraindicated in the contaminated wound because of the high infection rate necessitating prosthetic removal and further abdominal wall debridement. Consequently, for the past 9 years, we have been using free grafts of autologous fascia lata to replace deficient abdominal wall fascia and muscle in situations where prosthetic material is contraindicated and local tissue rearrangement (i.e., component separation) would be inadequate. Thirty-two patients (mean age 59 years) underwent abdominal wall reconstruction with autologous fascia lata grafts. Indications included exposed mesh (31 percent), enteric fistulae (28 percent), enteric contamination (22 percent), wound infection (13 percent), and immunosuppression alone (6 percent); 31 percent of all patients were immunosuppressed secondary to either a solid organ transplant or a systemic inflammatory disorder. Fascia grafts (mean size 10 x 17 cm) were sutured to the surrounding abdominal wall and covered by local skin flap advancement and/or myocut...Continue Reading


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