Symmetrical periumbilical extension of a midline incision: A simple technique

Thad R. Denehy, Mark Einstein, Caterina A. Gregori, James L. Breen

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Background: Periumbilical extension of midline incision often results in an irregular, unaesthetic scar with beveled edges. Technique: An Allis damp is placed at the lateral margin of the umbilicus with subsequent medial traction. This straightens the proposed periumbilical incision, resulting in a symmetrical scar. Experience: We have used this technique extensively over the past several years with excellent results and no adverse sequelae. Conclusion: This simple technique results in the symmetrically curvilinear, nonbeveled periumbilical extension of a midline incision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-294
Number of pages2
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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