Background: Mesh reconstruction, especially in combination with vacuum-assisted closure, might improve healing and reduce the surgical morbidity of extensive inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy or extensive local resection in progressive cancer of the vulva.
Cases: Radical vulvectomy combined with inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy was performed in 2 patients (P1, P2). The inguinofemoral wound bed was stabilized by polypropylene mesh implantation and sealed with vacuum closure system. In 1 patient with local recurrence of vulvar cancer (P3), local excision and stabilization of the wound were performed by mesh implantation.
Conclusions: Mesh implantation fulfills 2 purposes: (1) it protects exposed vessels and the wound can be vacuum sealed; and (2) it stabilizes the surgical bed, permitting the required radical excision locally and inside the vascular compartment.
- Vulvar cancer
- Vacuum-assisted closure
- Mesh implantation
- Inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy
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