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Large Gaps of Midline Abdominal Incisions and Their Management

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The operative management of midline full-thickness abdominal wall gaps is difficult, often requires several surgical procedures and is associated with significant short- and long-term complications. A rectus abdominis-posterior sheath (RAPS) flap with skin grafting provides a tension-free one-step repair which was used in three patients successfully with midline abdominal wall (including the skin) gaps who had multiple previous operations related to intra-abdominal malignancy. No complications occurred in these patients in relation to this procedure.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From the State University of New York at Buffalo and Kaleida Health, Buffalo, New York

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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