Prelamination of Vascularized Tensor Fascia Lata for Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Amanda Norwich-Cavanaugh, Samuel Kim, Gauri Panse, Ean Saberski, Henry C. Hsia*, Deepak Narayan

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There are 2 to 5 million laparotomies performed in the United States annually. Of these, 250,000 to 350,000 will undergo a ventral hernia repair. Repairs are often complicated by recurrence and infection. These risks are significantly increased in previously infected repairs, with reported recurrence rates varying from 17% to 28% after repair of infected ventral hernias, double the rates reported for first-time uninfected repairs. We describe here a novel treatment strategy involving the creation then use of bilateral prelaminated permanent mesh-reinforced tensor fascia latae flaps for abdominal wall reconstruction in patients who have recurrent ventral hernias and had undergone previous repairs complicated by infection. Previous repairs included anterior components separation, thereby making subsequent fascial release techniques and achievement of a reinforced repair extremely unlikely. Three patients were treated by a single surgeon using this 2-stage technique. There have been no incidences of recurrence and no infections after 2 to 10 years. In these patients, the only conventional option would have been a bridged repair with absorbable mesh. Combining the advantages of permanent mesh and well-vascularized autologous tissue optimizes the repair's tensile strength while mitigating the chance of recurrent infection associated with the use of permanent mesh. We propose that this strategy may be an appropriate treatment option for patients with recurrent ventral hernias that have not responded to other conventional modalities of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S332-S335
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • TFL
  • hernia infection
  • hernia repair
  • infected hernia
  • infected ventral hernia
  • prelamination
  • tensor fascia lata
  • ventral hernia
  • ventral hernia infection
  • ventral hernia recurrence
  • ventral hernia repair


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