Chest Wall Reconstruction

Guthrie plastic and reconstructive surgeons collaborate with cardiothoracic surgeons to treat infections after open heart procedures, and chest wall defects after cancer removal. Treatments include:

  • Local/regional flaps: flaps consisting of skin/subcutaneous fat, skin/subcutaneous fat/muscle or only muscle or fat to gain soft tissue coverage in areas with severely damaged soft tissue or expected radiation.
  • Mesh: Biologic or alloplastic materials to span a defect or provide reinforcement along with soft tissue coverage.