Hernia Surgery pp 337-349 | Cite as

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

  • Terri A. ZomerleiEmail author
  • Jeffrey E. Janis


Abdominal wall defects, whether spontaneous, traumatic, or iatrogenic in origin, can prove to be a frustrating problem for even the most seasoned surgeon. One tool at the modern surgeon’s disposal that can be employed as both a bridging remedy as well as definitive treatment of abdominal wall defects is negative pressure wound therapy. In this chapter, we present a brief description of negative pressure wound therapy technology (NPWT) and an overview of current trends in management of both partial-thickness and full-thickness abdominal wall defects with NPWT. Lastly, our personal algorithm and operative technique utilizing NPWT for closure of abdominal wall defects in high-risk patients will be described.


Negative pressure wound therapy Vacuum-assisted closure Abdominal wall Ventral hernia repair 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryOhio State University Wexner Medical CenterColumbusUSA

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