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Effective preoperative abdominal incision planning on a patient with a history of repeated abdominal operations using a three-dimensional reconstruction technique: a case report

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Jiaxin Li, Kun Qian, Hong Wu, Yong Zeng

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1359-1364
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Issue number3
Early online date18 Feb 2019
Accepted/In press14 Jan 2019
E-pub ahead of print18 Feb 2019
Published1 Mar 2019


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This case report describes the use of a three-dimensional reconstruction technique to plan the abdominal incision in order to avoid incision-related complications in a 53-year-old female patient who had had a cystic mass in the liver for 16 years and had undergone four previous surgeries. The patient presented with a recurrent cyst. The surgical team used three-dimensional reconstruction to model the liver mass, the area of abdominal wall weakness due to previous surgeries, bowel adhesions, skeletal structure and whole abdominal contour. The models were superimposed upon each other to reveal the relationship between the various features so that the optimum incision point could be selected so as to avoid the area of abdominal wall weakness, bowel adhesions and vital organs. The actual surgical incision was made based on the three-dimensional reconstruction models and the surgeon was able to avoid the area of abdominal wall weakness and bowel adhesions as planned. No incisional hernia and wound infection were observed postoperatively and the incision healed well. The three-dimensional reconstruction technique for preoperative surgical incision planning on patients with a history of multiple abdominal surgeries can minimize incision-related complications and achieve good therapeutic results.

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