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Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana

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BUENDIA PEREZ, J. et al. Complex wound management with vacuum assisted therapy: Experience in the past 6 years at the University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain). Cir. plást. iberolatinoam. [online]. 2011, vol.37, suppl.1, pp.S65-S71. ISSN 1989-2055.

The vacuum-assisted closure or negative pressure wound therapy is a widespread therapeutic option in Plastic Surgery. Since its first application several indications have been suggested for treatment of difficult wounds. The VAC® therapy system promotes wound healing through the application of negative pressure by controlled suction which, accelerate the resolution of different kinds of wound by promoting vascularization and debridement. It is currently considered as a useful tool in the treatment of complex wounds. These injuries represent a therapeutic challenge for the plastic surgeon that often involve a lengthy and costly hospitalization. Thanks to the VAC® therapy the size of these wounds can be reduced, at the same time they are protected from infection. This could be reflected as a step down in surgical planning by reducing the need of major interventions like free flaps transfer. We present a review of some interesting cases in our clinical experience with the vacuum-assisted therapy within the past 6 years, between may 2005 and november 2011, counting for a total of 41 patients.

Palabras clave : Vacuum assisted therapy; Negative pressure therapy; Complex wounds.

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