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Groin wound infections following vascular reconstructive surgery prolong hospital admission and convalescence and may lead to more serious morbidity with prosthetic graft infection, false aneurysm formation, or hemorrhage. Therefore, it is imperative to achieve wound closure as expeditiously as possible. Herein, we deseribe 11 patients with complicated groin wounds and report our management using sartorius myoplasty. Five of these patients had underlying prosthetic grafts at risk. All patients underwent wound closure with sartorius myoplasty after adequate debridement of necrotic and infected soft tissue. Success of wound closure with complete primary healing was observed in nine patients, while in two, adequate early coverage of femoral vessels was achieved, but extended wound care for superficial skin separation was necessary with eventual complete healing. There was no morbidity or mortality related to the added surgical procedure. One patient underwent late repair of a femoral false aneurysm. There were no other complications seen after an average follow-up of 20 months (range: 6 to 49 months). In summary, we recommend that sartorius myoplasty be considered for wound infections to hasten groin closure, decrease hospital stay, and reduce the chance of infectious complications.
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