Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap for vulvar reconstruction after radical vulvectomy: a less invasive and simple procedure utilizing an abdominal incision wound

Gan Muneuchi, Masayuki Ohno, Atsuko Shiota, Toshiyuki Hata, Hiroharu H Igawa
Annals of Plastic Surgery 2005, 55 (4): 427-9
For vulvar reconstruction following radical vulvectomy in a 71-year-old woman with a large vulvar cancer, we applied the deep inferior epigastric perforator flap (DIEP flap), a typical perforator flap, which could be performed by utilizing an abdominal incision wound without producing another surgical scar and had less donor site morbidity because of a minimal sacrifice of muscles. The surgical procedures were less invasive and simple, and morphologically and functionally satisfactory results were obtained: no recurrence of cancer, a well-preserved vulvar morphology with less donor site scarring, and no functional disturbance such as dysuria and abdominal hernia. We consider that the DIEP flap is the first choice for vulvar reconstruction following radical vulvectomy. Even in radical vulvectomy without an abdominal incision wound, the DIEP flap with an anatomically reliable vascular pedicle can be an effective option.

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