Options in the Management of the Open Abdomen

by Firas G. Madbak (Editor), Dale A. Dangleben (Editor)

This book by Madbak and Dangleben has collated lot of information that has been presented and published in many disparate arenas into a single easy to read source. In an area where there is more experience and “favorite techniques” than true evidence based answers, they provide a wealth of information along with outstanding photographic support that makes this an excellent resource for all surgeons caring for this population. Similar to many things in life, when treating patients  with the open abdomen one size or methodology does not fit all and this book will assuredly contain at least one possible answer to your patient’s problem.


Although the numbers of “open abdomens” are decreasing due to changes in resuscitation and transfusion practices, it still represents a complex complication that can be challenging to deal with.  This ambitious textbook on the management of the open abdomen provides a practical approach for addressing this complex problem.


One of the more unique aspects of this textbook is its detailed “How to” approach for the wide variety of techniques utilized in the management of the open abdomen.  While there may be no consensus as to what constitutes the optimal management of the open abdomen, this book articulates a number of options and their advantages.  Most importantly, it provides high quality photographs that enhance the step by step “How to” approach of the text.  More recent developments including using biologic mesh, implementing complex abdominal wall reconstruction and utilizing minimally invasive endoscopic techniques are described.  This book is not only appropriate for all practicing surgeons that deal with this complex issue, but is also relevant for residents and fellows who are just getting their first exposure to open abdomens.


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