As with the first edition, thesecond edition of this book covers the surgical anatomy of the abdominal wall,pathology of abdominal wall defects, such as hernias, enterocutaneousor entero-atmospheric fistulae, and indications forand surgical techniques used to reconstruct theabdominalwall from the practical stand point. In addition, through a number ofillustrations, the placement of mesh in the abdominal wall reconstruction aswell as manipulations of patients tissue including lateral compartment releasetechniques and other tissue transfer techniquesaredescribed in detail. The text also covers reconstruction of complexcontaminated abdominal wall defects in patients with complex enteric fistulae,stomas, defects created after the excision of previously placed infectedprosthetic mesh, and defects associated with acute tissuelossafter severe trauma or necrosis of abdominal wall such as necrotizing softtissue infections. Complex abdominal wall defects in the pediatricpopulation and long-term outcomes and durability of these repairs are alsoaddressed. The second edition of Surgery ofComplex Abdominal Wall Defects is written by experts in theirrespective areas from around the world and has been updated thoroughly. As withthe first edition, it will continue to serve as a guide for current practicefor surgeons, including general, trauma, acute care,plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
Rifat Latifi, MD
Director of Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery
Westchester Medical Center
Department of Surgery
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