Effect of negative pressure wound therapy in exploratory laparotomies with coexisting ostomy

  • Avery Williams Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6981-8490
  • Kripa Shrestha
  • Alexis Cruz
  • Anastazia Gilman
  • Jonathan Huynh
  • Justin Vaughan
  • Ariel Santos



Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most common healthcare-associated infections. The use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has shown to decrease the overall rate of SSI, wound dehiscence, and length of hospital stay in surgical conditions. This study aims to determine the impact of NPWT applied on closed surgical incisions on patients with coexisting ostomy undergoing exploratory laparotomy.



A retrospective study on patients who underwent exploratory laparotomies from 2017 to 2019 was conducted. NPWT was compared to standard post-operative surgical wound dressing. A sub-analysis of patients with ostomies was performed.



A total of 286 patients who underwent exploratory laparotomy were identified; 51 patients received NPWT and 235 received standard dressing. The NPWT group had a higher percentage of patients with an ostomy (37.3% vs 20.4%, P=.016), of which 25.5% were colostomies (vs 12.3%) and 11.8% were ileostomies (vs 8.1%) with P=.002. No significant difference in the overall rate of SSI (7.8% vs 5.5%, P= .517), wound dehiscence (7.8% vs 2.1 %, P=.057), and seroma formation (3.9% vs 2.1%, P=.612) were observed. The mean length of ICU stay (3.5 vs 7.0, P=.051) and unplanned reoperation (5.9% vs 16.6%, P=.051) were lower in the NPWT group compared to the control group. Sub analysis of patients with stoma found no significant difference in SSI.



In our study, the use of NPWT on closed surgical incision wound was not associated with the reduction of SSI in patients with ostomies. Large studies are needed to ascertain significant benefits in patients with ostomies.


Keywords: negative pressure wound therapy, surgical site infection, ostomy, exploratory laparotomy


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Avery Williams, Shrestha, K., Cruz, A., Gilman, A., Huynh, J., Vaughan, J., & Santos, A. (2022). Effect of negative pressure wound therapy in exploratory laparotomies with coexisting ostomy. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles, 10(44), 22-28. https://doi.org/10.12746/swrccc.v10i44.1061