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Max R. Lehfeldt, MD • Pasadena, California

Revision abdominoplasty using SERI® Surgical Scaffold for soft tissue support and repair

Case in brief

Poor aesthetic outcomes and recurrent umbilical herniation after 6 attempts to correct. Revision abdominoplasty was performed, using SERI® Surgical Scaffold for soft tissue support and repair.

Case history

A 48-year-old female presented for an elective revision abdominoplasty; she had undergone 6 unsuccessful abdominoplasties. The patient had a history of recurrent umbilical herniation, but she was otherwise in good health. She had poor abdominal contour; a wide, high abdominal scar; and no waist definition. On physical examination, Dr. Lehfeldt found thin abdominal-wall soft tissue, and palpable underlying plication sutures.

Surgical planning

The surgical plan included repair of the recurrent umbilical hernia and midline fascial plication. Dr. Lehfeldt planned to lower the high and wide abdominal scar. SERI® Surgical Scaffold would be placed as an overlay for soft tissue reinforcement of the abdominal wall to support the repeat plication and umbilical hernia repair.

This Case Review is provided for your information only. As with other surgical and medical decisions, it is the responsibility of surgeons to use sound medical judgment in utilizing the procedures best suited to the needs of each patient and to the skills and experiences of the surgeon. Please refer to the SERI® Surgical Scaffold Instructions for Use for current information.

Indications for Use
SERI® Surgical Scaffold is indicated for use as a transitory scaffold for soft tissue support and repair to reinforce deficiencies where weakness or voids exist that require the addition of material to obtain the desired surgical outcome. This includes reinforcement of soft tissue in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and general soft tissue reconstruction.

Important Safety Information


  • Patients with a known allergy to silk
  • Contraindicated for direct contact with bowel or viscera where formation of adhesions may occur


  • SERI® Surgical Scaffold must be placed in maximum possible contact with healthy well-vascularized tissue to encourage ingrowth and tissue remodeling
  • Caution should be used when implanting SERI® Surgical Scaffold in pregnant women. The use of a device that can impede tissue expansion may be hazardous during pregnancy

Adverse Reactions
Adverse reactions are those typically associated with surgically implantable materials, including infection, inflammation, adhesion formation, fistula formation, and extrusion.