Too much vacuum-assisted closure

Tam Dieu, Michael Leung, James Leong, Wayne Morrison, Heather Cleland, Brett Archer, Andrew Oppy

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There has been an explosion in the use of the vacuum-assisted closure device since 1997. Selectively and judiciously used, it is a valuable tool. However, we are concerned by the expanding list of 'indications' for its use. Prolonged applications, frequently several weeks, at the expense of early surgical reconstruction, might compromise the outcome in selected cases. We report four cases that illustrate this problem and stress the importance of timely surgical reconstruction utilizing the range of reconstructive techniques available as well as vacuum-assisted closure dressing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1060
Number of pages4
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Early reconstruction
  • Prolonged application
  • Vacuum-assisted closure

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