Background: Tumour excision with negative margins is the ultimate goal following soft tissue sarcoma excision, but obtaining this goal can come at a cost with high wound complication rates reported. There is however an emerging body of evidence that primary application of a negative pressure dressing can significantly decrease the risk of developing post-operative wound complications. This paper describes the study protocol for an interventional randomized controlled trial, comparing the efficacy of negative pressure dressings against standard dressings on primary closed wounds following soft tissue sarcoma excision.
Questions/Purposes: Does primary application of negative pressure dressing to closed wounds post soft tissue sarcoma excision reduce wound complications when compared to standard dressings?
Level of evidence: Level I, Prospective RCT
O. Bailey, D.W. Shields*, I. Donnelly, H. Findlay, E. Sharp, A. Mahendra and S. Gupta