In plastic surgery, the area of your body from your shoulders to your hips, including your chest, abdomen, back, buttocks and groin is called your "trunk." Reconstruction of these areas refers to the repair and restoration of skin and soft tissue that has been weakened or removed by surgery for reasons such as cancer, infection, or trauma. This is important to ensure your internal organs are well protected and supported to prevent prolapse (herniation). Reconstruction aims to return the affected part of the trunk to as close to normal as is possible.
There are many techniques that can be used to reconstruct the trunk and perineum. These include:
After the SurgeryDressings and/or bandages will be applied over the incisions. Small tubes (drains) will be placed to remove excess blood and fluid for at least several days. Painkillers and antibiotics will be prescribed to control the pain and minimize the risk of infection. A compression garment may have to be worn for several weeks to support the reconstruction.You will have to remain in the hospital for some time to monitor your wound, graft and/or flap to ensure that it heals well. Throughout your recovery period, a physiotherapist will attend to you regularly for regular breathing exercises and to help you get used to walking again. It may take several months before you are able to return to normal activities.Understanding the RisksAs with any major surgery, trunk and perineum reconstruction carries risks such as:
You may need to undergo revision surgery to correct these problems. The subject of risks, as well as potential complications of surgery are best discussed on a personal basis between you and your plastic surgeon.