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J Korean Surg Soc. 2011 Jun;80 Suppl 1:S63-6. doi: 10.4174/jkss.2011.80.Suppl1.S63. Epub 2011 Jun 17.

Components separation technique for large abdominal wall defect.

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Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Repairing large incisional hernia with abdominal wall reconstruction is a technically challenging problem for surgeons. We report our experience of large midline incisional hernia which was repaired successfully with components separation technique. A patient with incisional hernia, 35 × 20 cm in size, underwent operation following standard components separation technique. The aponeurosis of the external abdominal oblique muscle was longitudinally transected from the rectus sheath, and the external abdominal oblique muscle was separated from the internal abdominal oblique muscle. With further separation of the posterior rectus sheath from the rectus abdominis muscle, closure of the abdominal wall was attained without tension. The post-operative course was uneventful with minor wound seroma. The patient discharged safely, and no further complication in terms of recurrence and wound problem has occurred. Components separation technique could be a possible and effective treatment option for repair of large abdominal wall defect.


Abdominal wall reconstruction; Components separation technique; Ventral hernia

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