OBJECTIVE: We will present our experience in vulvar reconstruction using a local fascio-cutaneous flap, in order to get an easier intra-operative management and a good post-operative outcome. METHODS: Between May 2006 and December 2008, eight patients with vulvar carcinomas underwent a vulvar reconstruction, using a V-Y advancement flap of the gluteal fold. This fascio-cutaneous flap, based on the perforator vessels originated from the internal pudendal artery, was used for the reconstructive treatment of patients who had undergone a vulvectomy with medium-size defects. RESULTS: All the 16 flaps prepared survived without major complications. Walking and sitting positions were restored in few post-operative days. Length of hospitalisation was 2-3 weeks. The flaps restored sensitivity few months after surgery. In no case the surgical scars needed being revised. CONCLUSIONS: The follow-up results proved satisfactory in terms of patients' compliance and morphological results. The flap appeared to be thin, well vascularised and very flexible in its advancement. The post-operative follow-up is characterised by a rapid healing and a low incidence of short- and long-term complications.

Vulvar reconstruction using a "V-Y" fascio-cutaneous gluteal flap: a valid reconstructive alternative in post-oncological loss of substance

PARODI, Pier Camillo
2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We will present our experience in vulvar reconstruction using a local fascio-cutaneous flap, in order to get an easier intra-operative management and a good post-operative outcome. METHODS: Between May 2006 and December 2008, eight patients with vulvar carcinomas underwent a vulvar reconstruction, using a V-Y advancement flap of the gluteal fold. This fascio-cutaneous flap, based on the perforator vessels originated from the internal pudendal artery, was used for the reconstructive treatment of patients who had undergone a vulvectomy with medium-size defects. RESULTS: All the 16 flaps prepared survived without major complications. Walking and sitting positions were restored in few post-operative days. Length of hospitalisation was 2-3 weeks. The flaps restored sensitivity few months after surgery. In no case the surgical scars needed being revised. CONCLUSIONS: The follow-up results proved satisfactory in terms of patients' compliance and morphological results. The flap appeared to be thin, well vascularised and very flexible in its advancement. The post-operative follow-up is characterised by a rapid healing and a low incidence of short- and long-term complications.
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