Prospective evaluation of vacuum-assisted fascial closure after open abdomen: planned ventral hernia rate is substantially reduced.

@article{Miller2004ProspectiveEO,
  title={Prospective evaluation of vacuum-assisted fascial closure after open abdomen: planned ventral hernia rate is substantially reduced.},
  author={Preston Roy Miller and Jay Wayne Meredith and James C. Johnson and Michael C. Chang},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={239 5},
  pages={608-14; discussion 614-6}
}
OBJECTIVE The goal of this report is to examine the success of vacuum-assisted fascial closure (VAFC) under a carefully applied protocol in abdominal closure after open abdomen. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA With the development of damage control techniques and the understanding of abdominal compartment syndrome, the open abdomen has become commonplace in trauma patients. If the abdomen is not closed in the early postoperative period, the combination of adhesions and fascial retraction frequently… CONTINUE READING
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