Complex Chest, Abdomen, & Pelvic Reconstruction
This patient underwent heart bypass and valve replacement. Unfortunately his sternal bone developed healing problems and required partial removal. In order to protect the heart, Dr. Geiger transferred his nearby chest wall (pectoralis major) muscle into the defect and advanced his tissue to reconstruct the defect. This provided robust blood supply and stable coverage to protect his heart and lungs. He healed well within a few weeks with minimal decrease in strength as his other muscles compensate for the change.