Origin of the Bogota Bag and Its Application

  • David V. Feliciano
  • Oswaldo A. Borraez Gaona


The open abdomen is used when the abdominal incision cannot be closed, when an early reoperation is necessary, to prevent an abdominal compartment syndrome, for the treatment of secondary or tertiary peritonitis, for the treatment of omphaloceles in neonates, and for the treatment of missing portions of the abdominal wall. The unique contribution of Oswaldo A. Borraez Gaona, MD, of Bogota, Colombia, was the application of a plastic bag over the open abdomen in injured patients. The bag allows for rapid access for a relaparotomy and covers and protects the viscera until edema and/or infection resolves.


Open abdomen Abdominal compartment syndrome Secondary and tertiary peritonitis Omphalocele Bogota bag Oswaldo A. Borraez, MD Damage control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David V. Feliciano
    • 1
    • 2
  • Oswaldo A. Borraez Gaona
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Maryland School of Medicine, Shock TraumaCenter/University of Maryland Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Emeritus, Division of General SurgeryIndiana University, Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.National University of Colombia, Colombian Surgical AssociationBogotaColombia

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