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Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2013 Nov;40(12):2430-2.

The "sliding door" technique for closure of abdominal wall defects after rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap transposition.

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Dept. of Surgery,Nara Medical University.


Radical surgery is often necessary in patients with local recurrence of rectal cancer or in those with carcinoma associated with an anal fistula. The surgery may include extended excision of the perineal area and can create a large dead space in the pelvis and a large skin defect, often necessitating reconstruction of the pelvic floor using rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (RAM) flap transposition. Wound dehiscence and incisional hernia are common complications of RAM flap transposition. We report herein our encounter with 3 patients in whom we used a "sliding door" technique for reconstruction of the abdominal wall after the creation of a RAM flap. One patient underwent abdominoperineal resection with sacrectomy and RAM flap transposition; he experienced a postoperative surgical site infection and wound dehiscence, which we urgently repaired by reconstructing the abdominal wall using the sliding door technique. Two other patients underwent posterior pelvic exenteration with sacrectomy and RAM flap transposition. These patients underwent simultaneous abdominal wall reconstruction using the sliding door technique. No patient experienced postoperative pelvic sepsis, wound dehiscence, or incisional hernia. The sliding door technique might be useful for preventing wound dehiscence and incisional hernia in patients undergoing RAM flap transposition.

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