Repair of large complex recurrent incisional hernias with retromuscular mesh and panniculectomy.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Recurrent incisional hernia repair is associated with high recurrence and wound complication rates. METHODS: The clinical courses of patients who underwent recurrent incisional hernia repair via retromuscular mesh placement with concomitant panniculectomy at a university teaching hospital from 1999 to 2004 were reviewed retrospectively. Postoperative evaluation included a quality of life survey. RESULTS: Forty-seven patients (13 male, 34 female) with an average body mass index of 34.4 kg/m2, an average midline hernia defect of 31.4 cm, and at least 1 and on average 2.5 previous repair attempts underwent hernia repair. Wound infections occurred in 4 patients (8%) and seromas requiring aspiration occurred in 1 patient (2%). Four patients (8%) had re-recurrences of their hernias. All patients rated the postoperative appearance of their abdomen as at least satisfactory. CONCLUSIONS: Recurrent incisional hernia repair with a retromuscular mesh and panniculectomy has low recurrence and wound complication rates and excellent patient satisfaction.

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Cited Authors

  • Berry, MF; Paisley, S; Low, DW; Rosato, EF

Published Date

  • August 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 194 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 199 - 204

PubMed ID

  • 17618804

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17618804

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1883

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.10.031


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States