Umbilicus Reconstruction with Bilateral Square "pumpkin-Teeth" Advancement Flaps

Chad A. Purnell, Sergey Y. Turin, Gregory A. Dumanian

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The creation of a neoumbilicus is a common challenge for plastic surgeons. The authors present their technique of umbilical reconstruction with bilateral square "pumpkin-teeth" advancement flaps. The technique described is applicable in both the setting of a vertical midline incision and when no midline incision is present (e.g., an abdominoplasty). The reconstruction has been performed in over 50 patients with a vertical midline incision and five patients without a midline incision. The only complications noted were persistent serous drainage in several patients with vertical incision and inadequate depth in one patient without a midline incision. This technique is quickly performed, and avoids small flaps, external incisions, and healing by secondary intention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-189
Number of pages4
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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