ISSN 2149-3235 | E-ISSN 2149-3057
Original Article
Using negative pressure therapy for improving skin graft taking on genital area defects following Fournier gangrene
1 Department of Plastic Surgery, Namık Kemal University School of Medicine, Tekirdağ, Turkey  
2 Clinic of Plastic Surgery, Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey  
Turk J Urol 2017; 43: 366-370
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2017.92845
Key Words: Fournier gangrene; negative pressure therapy; skin graft.

Objective: Fournier’s gangrene is an infective necrotizing fasciitis of the perineal, genital and perianal regions. Treatment includes aggressive surgical debridement that often results in extensive loss of genital skin. Skin grafts may be used for reconstruction but skin grafting of the male genitalia is diffucult because the penis and scrotum are mobile and deformable. A variety of methods are used to secure skin graft to recipient beds. We used negative pressure therapy (NPT) to secure skin grafts and improve skin graft taking.


Material and methods: We used negative pressure therapy for graft fixation  in 13 male patients who underwent debridements with the indication of Fournier gangrene, and whose defects formed were reconstructed with grafts between January 2009, and January 2014. Information about age of the patients, sessions of negative pressure therapy applied before, and after reconstruction, duration of hospital stay, and graft losses during postoperative period were recorded.


Results: Median age of the patients was 56.15 (46-72) years. NPT was applied to patients for an average of 6.64 sessions (4-12) before and 1 sessions after graft reconstruction. Patients were hospitalized for an average of 26.7 (20-39) days. Any graft loss was not seen after NPT.


Conclusion: Because of the peculiar anatomy of the genital region, anchoring of grafts is difficult so graft losses are often encountered. Use of NPT for ensuring graft fixation on the genital region prevents skin graft shearing.



Cite this article as: Orhan E, Şenen D. Using negative pressure therapy for improving skin graft taking on genital area defects following Fournier gangrene. Turk J Urol 2017; 43: 366-70

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