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Day-Case Limberg Flap for Recurrent Pilonidal Sinus: Does Obesity Complicate the Issue?

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the long-term outcome of rhomboid excision with Limberg flap reconstruction (LF) as one-day surgery in treatment of recurrent pilonidal sinus (RPS). The effect of obesity on outcome will be addressed. Forty-nine patients with RPS were treated by rhomboid excision and LF as one-day surgery. Data collected included demographics, body mass index, operative time, flap ischemia, wound infection, length of hospital stay, time of complete healing, and recurrence. Patients' mean age was 33.4 years and mean number of previous operations was 3.4. Operative time ranged from 40 to 70 minutes. Two patients developed sterile seroma (4.1%) and two patients (4.1%) had wound infections. No wound dehiscence or flap ischemia was reported. All patients returned to normal activity within 7 days. No recurrences were reported after a mean follow-up of 32.1 months. Obesity significantly increased the operative time, however, it affected neither the postoperative outcome nor the long-term recurrence. Rhomboid excision and LF as one-day surgery is a safe and reliable method for treatment of RPS. It guarantees low morbidity, short hospital stay, short time off work, and carries low risk of recurrence, even in obese patients.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Surgery, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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