Staged abdominal repairs reduce long-term quality of life.
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Injury, ISSN: 1879-0267, Vol: 43, Issue: 9, Page: 1513-6
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- Medicine; Open abdomen; Quality of life; Staged abdominal repair; Emergency Medicine; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Damage control surgery increasingly requires serial operations and a staged abdominal repair (STAR) for ultimate abdominal closure. The effects of multiple operations on quality of life are unknown. We hypothesized that this population of patients had a lower quality of life than the general U.S. population.