Abdominal wall reconstruction
Abdominal wall reconstruction may be necessary to repair tissue losses including total thickness defects as a consequence of incisional hernia, cancer, infection, irradiation and trauma. The goal is infection control, and to restore abdominal wall integrity, usually through synthetic meshes for proper viscera coverage, associated with muscular or fasciocutaneous flaps, which may be from the abdomen or extra-abdominal (eg. anterolateral thigh, rectus femoris, tensor fasciae latae), or free flaps (eg. latissimus dorsi).