Intérêt du lambeau péritonéal pour les problèmes intrathoraciques complexes

Translated title of the contribution: The Utility of the Omentum Flap for Complex Intrathoracic Problems

Lucas Kreutz-Rodrigues, Waleed Gibreel, Steven Lawrence Moran, Samir Mardini, Uldis Bite, John M. Stulak, Dennis Wigle, Alberto Pochettino, Karim Bakri

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Introduction: Omentum flap is a viable reconstructive option for complex chest wall and mediastinal reconstruction. The impact of vasoconstrictors and the laminar pattern of blood flow associated with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) on the outcomes of reconstructions has not been thoroughly evaluated. Methods: A retrospective review of all patients who underwent chest wall or mediastinal reconstruction using pedicled omentum flaps between 2003 and 2019. Results: Forty patients (60% males) underwent chest wall or mediastinal reconstruction using a pedicled omentum flap at a mean age of 58 years. The median follow-up was 24.3 months. The most common indication was the reconstruction of anterior chest wall/sternal defects (n = 16), followed by coverage of repaired bronchopleural fistula (n = 6), osteoradionecrosis of the anterolateral chest wall (n = 5), reconstruction of anterior/lateral chest wall following oncologic resections (n = 5), coverage of replaced infected LVAD (n = 4), and coverage of exposed/replaced aortic root vascular grafts (n = 4). Vasoconstrictors were used in 26 patients (65%). Eight flaps had partial necrosis, and none of the flaps had complete necrosis. There was no difference in flap complication rates in patients who received vasoconstrictors during the case compared to those who did not (P = 1.0). Thirteen (33%) flaps were skin grafted at a median of 13 days with 100% skin graft viability. Abdominal incisional hernia developed in 8 patients. In patients with LVADs, the omentum remained viable during the follow-up period. Conclusion: The ability of the omentum to easily reach various regions in the chest and the low failure rate make this flap a reliable reconstructive method.

Translated title of the contributionThe Utility of the Omentum Flap for Complex Intrathoracic Problems
Original languageFrench
JournalPlastic Surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • chest wall reconstruction
  • fistula
  • LVAD
  • mediastinal reconstruction
  • mediastinitis
  • omentum flap
  • thoracic reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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