Incision and closure of the anterior abdominal wall is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. Pertinent to performing this procedure is a detailed knowledge of the relational anatomy of the anterior abdominal wall structures. This will ensure that the procedure is performed in a manner which is safe, minimises the risk of complications (e.g. abdominal wall hernia, bleeding, and nerve injury) and encourages optimal recovery of the patient.
When you have completed this tutorial you will be able to:
When you have completed this tutorial you will:
- have knowledge of the various layers that make up the anterior abdominal wall
- understand how the myofascial tissues interact to contribute to the formation of the rectus sheath
- be aware of the location of (and how to avoid) relevant structures that run within the layers of the anterior abdominal wall during gynaecological and obstetric surgery.
Last updated December 2015.This tutorial was written by Mr Adewale Adeyemo MRCOG.