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Hernia. 2004 Aug;8(3):177-81. Epub 2004 Mar 2.

The Pfannenstiel or so called "bikini cut": still effective more than 100 years after first description.

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Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Rhenish Westphalian Technical University, Pauwelsstr. 30, 52074, Aachen, Germany, kaikisielinski@yahoo.de

Abstract

The original Pfannenstiel incision is discussed including the technique, history, current indications, advantages, and disadvantages. Excellent cosmetic results, principles of less traumatic surgery, and a rare incisional hernia complication rate of about 0-2%, as well as long-time use characterise this access path to the pelvic organs first described by the German gynaecologist in 1900. Complications of nerve damage, however, should be recognised, especially when extending the incision too far laterally.

PMID:
14997364
DOI:
10.1007/s10029-004-0210-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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