William M Meadows

University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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Publications (4)6.34 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Application of the Vacuum-Assisted Closure device (VAC) to open sternal wounds has negative hemodynamic effects. We hypothesized that the interposition of a muscle flap attenuates these negative hemodynamic effects. After institutional approval, monitoring lines were placed in anesthetized, ventilated pigs. Through a median sternotomy, sonometric crystals were strategically positioned around the left ventricle. A rectus flap was rotated over the mediastinal wound, and the VAC was placed over the flap. After baseline measurements, a vacuum of 125 mmHg [Group (GP) 1, n = 5] or 50 mmHg (GP2, n = 6) was initiated. Hemodynamics were recorded every 15 min for 1.5 h, and 15 min after cessation of the vacuum therapy. GP3 (n = 6) underwent intermittent VAC cycling (on 5 min/off 2 min). Significance determined by t test. While non-flapped animals had significant detriment in both left ventricular filling volume and cardiac output, flapped animals had insignificant depression of both parameters. Application of muscle flaps to sternal wounds prior to VAC therapy significantly attenuates the negative hemodynamic effects seen when the VAC is used alone.
    Journal of Surgical Research 01/2004; 115(2):209-13. · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mediastinitis is one of the most serious complications of cardiac surgery. The standard of care in mediastinitis includes thorough sequential debridement, flap coverage, and culture-directed antibiotics. The most frequently utilized muscles for flap reconstruction include the rectus abdominus and the pectoralis major. However, in some instances these flaps may be inadequate, unavailable, or fail, thus requiring an alternative choice or adjuvant. Most coronary graft procedures utilize the left internal mammary artery, frequently eliminating the left rectus muscles, while prior open cholecystectomy patients frequently lose availability of their right rectus muscle. In addition, radiation therapy or prior flap failure may exclude other muscle transfer procedures. The omentum offers excellent coverage due to mobility and superb arterial and lymphatic flow. Unfortunately, in the past, this has required a celiotomy in an already critically ill patient. We present a series of 5 patients where the omentum was mobilized laparoscopically and passed through an anterior diaphragmatic incision. This option spares a celiotomy, seals the wound, and hastens recovery in very ill patients. We also present a complete review of literature on the topic and provide an algorithm for complex sternal wound reconstruction.
    The American surgeon 01/2004; 69(12):1072-6. · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Application of the Vacuum-Assisted Closure device (VAC) to open sternal wounds has negative hemodynamic effects. We hypothesized that the interposition of a muscle flap attenuates these negative hemodynamic effects.
    Journal of Surgical Research 12/2003; 115(2):209-213. · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mutilating injuries of the hand and congenital hand anomalies can present challenging reconstructive scenarios for salvage and restoration of function. During a 5-year period from 1993 to 1997, the plastic and reconstructive surgical unit of East Carolina University Medical Center was presented with a series of unique reconstructive challenges as a result of complex hand injuries that resulted in unexpected opportunities for the salvage of distal components. These traumatic injuries were unique in that, although devastating to the hand, they left the opportunity for salvage of distal vascularized and sensate components of the hand. Other unique challenges arose as a result of patients who did not want to pursue alternative reconstructive options such as toe-to-hand transfers or pollicization. These cases are presented to emphasize alternative algorithms to standard hand reconstruction in complex scenarios. Three patients presented with distal viable (vascularized and sensate) phalangeal components with proximal complex bony defects, 1 patient presented with a complex thumb defect and declined standard therapy, and 1 patient presented with a congenital thumb anomaly and declined standard therapy. All flaps survived and all hands were saved. These patients illustrate the clinical feasibility of osteocutaneous and free osseous grafting to provide strut stabilization in metacarpal defects and to preserve an opposable post after thumb amputation or thumb anomaly.
    Annals of Plastic Surgery 06/2002; 48(5):484-8. · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The success of coronary reconstructive procedures is limited by the high incidence of restenosis secondary to intimal hyperplasia (IH). Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) is a growth factor which has been shown to be important in the early development of IH in arteries and peripheral vein grafts. To date, there is little information concerning the early remodeling in aortocoronary vein grafts (ACVG). The purpose of this study was to characterize the expression of TGF-beta 1 expression in early aortocoronary vein grafts. Eighteen mongrel dogs underwent aortocoronary vein bypass grafting. Vein grafts were excised at 2 hr, 4 hr, and 7 days after implantation, snap frozen, and processed for ribonuclease protection assays (RPA) using 32P-labeled riboprobes for TGF-beta 1 and 18 S rRNA. TGF-beta 1 expression was quantified by densitometric analysis of autoradiographs which were expressed as a ratio TGF-beta 1/rRNA. Representative vessel rings were also collected for histology. There was a significant rise in TGF-beta 1 expression in the 2-hr vein grafts (0.42 +/- 0.04 compared to control saphenous vein (0.21 +/- 0.05, P < 0.02). In addition, there was significant downregulation of TGF-beta 1 at 4 hr (0.28 +/- 0.05) and at 7 days (0.18 +/- 0.01) when compared to 2 hr (P < 0.05). Histological specimens showed minimal intimal hyperplasia at 7 days. These results show for the first time an acute rise in TGF-beta 1 expression in ACVG. This upregulation quickly subsides by 4 hr and gene expression approaches control values by 7 days. By understanding this temporal relationship of expression one could better target potential therapeutic modalities to attenuate IH.
    Journal of Surgical Research 05/1997; 69(2):349-53. · 2.02 Impact Factor