Vulvar reconstruction using the “lotus petal” fascio-cutaneous flap

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Journal: Gynecol. Oncol. 2013 Dec;131(3):726-9

Author(s): Argenta PA, Lindsay R, Aldridge RB, Siddiqui N, Burton K, Telfer JR

INTRODUCTION: Vulvar reconstruction using the “lotus petal” fascio-cutaneous flap offers a relatively novel means to restore symmetry and functionality after extirpative gynecologic or oncologic procedures. We sought to assess the success rates and morbidity in a large series of consecutively treated patients.

METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 59 consecutive cases of lotus petal flaps performed at a single institution to more accurately assess success and complication rates.

RESULTS: We identified 80 flaps performed among the 59 patients between September 1, 2008 and March 30, 2013. The median (range) age was 59 years (24-89) and the median (range) BMI was 27 kg/m(2) (19-34). The indications for vulvar/perineal excision were as follows: 39 (66.1%) vulvar carcinoma or melanoma, 12 (20.3%) vulvar dysplasia, 5 (8.5%) colorectal disease and 3 (5.1%) cases of hidradenitis suppurativa. The mean defect area, determined by post-fixation pathology specimen was 29 cm(2). Medical or surgical complications occurred in 36% of patients of which superficial wound separation was the most common (15%). There were no cases of complete flap loss, but partial loss occurred in 7 (8.8%) cases. 3 (5.1%) patients required re-operation prior to discharge with one case requiring skin grafting. Delayed surgical revision was required in 4 patients for partial flap loss (2) or stricture/stenosis (2).

CONCLUSION: The lotus petal flap is safe for use in gynecologic reconstruction, with acceptable short- and long-term complication rates. Previous reports of smaller series likely underestimate the risk of complications through case selection.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Gynecologic oncology
Journal Abbreviation: Gynecol. Oncol.
Journal Volume: 131, Issue: 3
Journal Date Published: 2013-12-01

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMI ID: 24004648
Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24004648
Created: 2013-11-25

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for “Hidradenitis suppurativa”

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