Welcome to openabdomen.org

The website provides a resource for surgeons who treat the difficult abdomen. It is about major conditions requireing advanced surgcial proceedures, about surgical and non-surgical treartment options, relevant publications, case presentations, FAQs, and propriatary information. The goal is to improve patient care by helping surgeons understand, utilize and explain causes leading to the need for a PLANNED OPEN ABDOMENby presenting detailed surgical and non surgical treaments.

List of Publicatios dealing with the Planned Open Abdomen

  1. Wittmann DH, Bergstein JM, Aprahamian C.: Film: Velcro for temporary abdominal closure. 9th International Congress of Emergency Surgery, Strasbourg, 1989, Abstract 364
  2. Wittmann DH, Bergstein JM, Aprahamian C. Etappenlavage fr die diffuse Peritonitis. Beitr Anstesie und Intensivemed, 30:199-221, 1989
  3. Wittmann DH, Bergstein JM, Abrahamian C Etappenlavage: Advanced Diffuse Peritonitis Managed by Planned Multiple Laparotomies Utilizing Zippers, Slide Fastener, and Velcro Analogue for Temporary Abdominal Closure, World Journal of Surgery, 14, No, 2, 218-226, 1990
  4. Aprahamian, C, Wittmann DH, Bergstein JM, Quebbeman EJ.: Temporary Abdominal Closure (TAC) for Planned Relaparotomy (Etappenlavage) in Trauma, The Journal of Trauma, 30(1990) 719-723
  5. 6. Wittmann DH: Intra-abdominal Infections-Introduction, World Journal of Surgery, Vol.14, 145-147, 1990
  6. Wittmann DH, Aprahamian C, Bergstein JM. Etappenlavage: advanced diffuse peritonitis managed by planned multiple laparotomies utilizing zippers, slide fastener, and Velcro analogue for temporary abdominal closure. World J Surg 14(2):218-26. 1990
  7. Schein, M.: Planned Reoperations and Open Management in Critical Intra-abdominal Infections: Prospective Experience in 52 cases, World Journal of Surgery, 15(1991)537-5455
  8. Feliciano, D.V.: Towel Clips, Silos, and Heroic Forms of Wound Closure, Advanced Trauma and Critical Care, Vol.6, 231-250, 1991
  9. Wittmann DH, Aprahamian C, Bergstein JM, Bansal N. Staged abdominal repair (STAR) compares favorably to conventional operative therapy for intra-abdominal infection when stratifies by APACHE-II. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Western Trauma Association Feb./March 1992
  10. Wittmann DH, Walker A, Condon RE: Peritonitis and Intraabdominal Infection. In Schwartz, Shires, Spencer (Eds.); Principles of Surgery, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc., Chapter 32 (1993), 1449-1483
  11. Wittmann DH et al.: Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Intra-Abdominal Infection, J.B. Lippincott Company, Problems in General Surgery, 10(1993)604-627
  12. Wittmann, DH Laparostomy, open abdomen, Etappenlavage, planned relaparotomy and staged abdominal repair: Too many names for a new operative method (ISS/SIC). 35th World Congress of International Society of Surgery. International Surgical Week. August 22-27, 1993, Hong Kong
  13. Wittmann DH, Aprahamian C, Bergstein JM, Edmiston CE, Frantzides CT, Quebbeman EJ, et al. A burr-like device to facilitate temporary abdominal closure in planned multiple laparotomies. Europ J Surg;159(1993):75-79
  14. --> Wittmann DH, Aprahamian C, Bergstein JM: Staged abdominal repair compares favorably with conventional operative therapy for intra-abdominal infections when adjusting for prognostic factors with a logistic model, Theoretical Surgery, Vol.9(1974) 201-207, 1994, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. Now Brit. J. Surgery Linked