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CASE REPORTS: REPUBLICATION
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 158-161

Vacuum-assisted closure of an exposed prosthetic femoral graft


1 Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA
2 Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Gayle M Gordillo
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_99_16

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The multiple comorbidities present in vascular surgery patients predispose them to surgical site infections, poor wound healing, and prosthetic graft exposure. We report our experience with a patient who underwent an emergent femoral-to-femoral bypass and developed an infection at bilateral groin incisions, resulting in wound separation and prosthetic vascular graft exposure. This was successfully treated with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) using the vacuum-assisted closure system (V.A.C., Kinetic Concepts Inc., San Antonio, Texas, USA). This is a case in which NPWT was used to treat a groin wound with an exposed vascular prosthetic graft, thereby eliminating the need for additional surgical flap coverage procedures and ultimately resulting in a completely healed wound. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Patient care, Practice based learning and improvement. Republished with permission from: Delaney KO, Smead W, Gordillo G. Vacuum assisted closure of an exposed prosthetic femoral graft. OPUS 12 Scientist 2008;2(4):1-3.


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