Tunneled modified lotus petal flap for surgical reconstruction of severe introital stenosis after radical vulvectomy

Alessandro Buda, Pier Luigi Confalonieri, Luca Carlo Vittorio Rovati, Mauro Signorelli, Massimo Del Bene

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INTRODUCTION: We presented the anatomical, functional and aesthetic results achieved with lotus petal flap in case of introital stenosis as a results of inadequate primary plastic reconstruction. We discussed the potential advantages of lotus petal flap compared to others vulvar reconstructive techniques. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of a 44-years old woman presenting a severe introital stenosis following radical surgery for vulvar cancer. She could not have a normal sexual activity life because the narrow scarred introitus resulting after primary closure of a large vulvar defect. The patient comes to our attention after three years from primary surgery. Once the scar was removed we performed a vulvoperineal reconstruction with bilateral tunneled lotus petal flaps. DISCUSSION: Lotus petal flap is a safe, easy and quick technique, has a good functional and cosmetic results in this young woman, and represents an optimal alternative solution for plastic reconstruction in case of severe introital stenosis after primary closure of large vulvoperineal defect. CONCLUSION: Tunneled lotus petal flaps represents a feasible, attractive and versatile surgical reconstructive technique that can be easily performed after surgical treatment of vulvoperineal neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-301
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Introital stenosis
  • Rotational flap
  • Tunneled lotus petal flap
  • Vulvoperineal reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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