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August 1994

Alternatives in Temporary Abdominal Closures: 'Fish' Abdominoplasty

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr DiGiacomo), and the Department of Surgery, Saint Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ (Dr Kustrup).

Arch Surg. 1994;129(8):884-885. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420320110022

Only infrequenntly is closure of the abdomen problematic in elective surgery. Options may be limited when a prolonged operation results in bowel edema that prevents primary closure of the abdominal fascia. The problem may be further magnified at facilities that do not routinely stock prosthetic materials that can be used for this purpose. We describe herein an inexpensive and readily available alternative for use in such situations.

(Arch Surg. 1994;129:884-885)

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