Closure of hemicorporectomy with bilateral subtotal thigh flaps

David W. Chang, Jeffrey E. Lee, Ziya L. Gokaslan, Geoffrey L. Robb

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Hemicorporectomy is typically performed with a circumferential truncal incision, and the wound is closed primarily. Wound disruption is a common complication, especially at the base of the wound closure and posteriorly at the lumbar vertebral level. We report a case of the use of bilateral subtotal thigh flaps for the closure of a hemicorporectomy wound in a patient with a defect extending up to the high lumbar region. The subtotal thigh flap is a well-vascularized thick flap that provides a firm support for the abdominal viscera and is a large flap that can be used to close even a high lumbar defect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1742-1746
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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