A novel modification of omental transposition to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal herniation into the chest

Patrick Tansley, Sanjeev Kakar, Simon Withey

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We have evolved and used a simple technique that refines omentoplasty in chest wall reconstruction. Although our series is small, the technique appears to be safe, with a low complication rate. One patient died early from causes unrelated to the omental surgery; another died late, also from unrelated causes. In the remaining two patients, no postoperative gastrointestinal herniation into the chest has been identified. This technique may represent a potential solution to a known problem in omental transposition. We anticipate it may become increasingly useful in reducing morbidity and mortality rates for gastrointestinal herniation following laparotomy during sternal reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-680
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


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  • Surgery

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