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Djedovic, Gabriel; Frari, Barbara del; Matiasek, Johannes; Schiltz, David; Engelhardt, Timm O.; Pierer, Gerhard; Rieger, Ulrich M. (2017): The versatility of the medial thigh lift for defect coverage in the genito-perineal region. In: International Wound Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3: pp. 496-500
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Soft tissue defects in the genito-perineal region are predominantly because of trauma, infections, neoplasms or iatrogenic causes. As a result of the region's urological, reproductive and gastrointestinal function, defects in this area may cause devastating physical and psychological consequences as well as diminished sexual functioning. The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of implementing a medial thigh lift for defect coverage in the perineal region. A retrospective analysis of all medial thigh lift procedures for defect coverage in the genito-perineal region between November 2010 and March 2015 was conducted at three institutions. Ten consecutive patients underwent a medial thigh lift for defect coverage in the genito-perineal region. Nine patients were male, and one was female. The causative factors were Fournier's gangrene in eight patients, one patient had a straddle injury, and one suffered from extramammary Paget's disease. The mean follow-up time was 19.8months. The average total defect size was 11.1 x 11 cm (length x width). The medial thigh lift procedure is a safe, technically easy and reliable technique with discrete scars. Outstanding aesthetic and functional outcomes result in a high rate of patient satisfaction. Through immediate wound closure, a reduction of recovery time can be achieved.