Vaginal reconstruction using a modified rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap in pelvic cancer surgery
Ruiz-de-Erenchun R, Murillo J, Bazán A, Jurado M, García-Tutor E.
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Esthetic Surgery, University Hospital, University of Navarra Pamplona, Spain.
The authors present a modification of the design for the classic cutaneous pattern of the rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap for vaginal reconstruction after pelvic cancer surgery.
The authors designed a paramedial and supraumbilical dermo-cutaneous flap with paraumbilical randomized vascularization, which was sutured to the classic cutaneous TRAM flap pattern and rotated around a longitudinal axis to form the neo-introitus.
The use of this new cutaneous design allows for a perfect cylindrical shape all along the length of the new vagina, thus achieving a more anatomic reconstruction than those currently obtained with the classic cutaneous patterns, and with fewer tendencies to distal retraction, necrosis, and partial stenosis.
CITATION Ann Plast Surg. 2003 Nov;51(5):455-9