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Journal: Hernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery


The use of mesh has become the gold standard in hernia operations recently due to advantages such as lower recurrence rates, lower post-surgical pain and earlier return to work. Plug mesh application, first described by Robins and Rutkow [Robbins AW, Rutkow IM (1993) The mesh-plug hernioplasty. Surg Clin North Am 73:501-512], is a popular method of hernia repair. Although rare, there may be complications of surgery using plug mesh. This report presents a case of mechanic bowel obstruction due to mesh migration, 3 years after a left inguinal hernia repair with plug mesh method.

Concepts: Surgery, Engineering, Inguinal hernia, Hernia, Gold, Bowel obstruction, Hernias, Herniorrhaphy


Hernia repairs in contaminated fields are often reinforced with a bioprosthetic mesh. When choosing which of the multiple musculofascial abdominal wall planes provides the most durable repair, there is little guidance. We hypothesized that the retro-rectus plane would reduce recurrence rates versus intraperitoneal placement due to greater surface area contact of mesh with well-vascularized tissue.

Concepts: Surgery, Hernia, Hernias, Area, Surface area, Reinforcement, Pediatric surgery


Elective repair for umbilical or epigastric hernia is a frequent minor surgical procedure. Several studies have demonstrated chronic pain after groin hernia repair but long-term complaints have been only scarcely studied. This study was undertaken to investigate long-term pain and discomfort after open repair for small umbilical or epigastric hernias.

Concepts: Medicine, Surgery, Hernia, Cultural studies, Hernias, Herniorrhaphy, Pediatric surgery, Epigastric hernia


BACKGROUND: The best approaches to repairing large inguinoscrotal hernias and handling of the distal sac are still debated. Complete dissection of a distal sac which extends deep into the scrotum carries a risk of orchitis and damage to the cord structures. However, failure to deal with the distal sac often results in the formation of a large and bothersome seroma or pseudohydrocele. We describe a technique for managing large distal sacs to avoid clinically important seromas when repairing large inguinoscrotal hernias, using the enhanced view totally extraperitoneal (e-TEP) endoscopic technique. METHODS: From October 2010 to November 2011, 94 consecutive elective hernia repairs were performed using the e-TEP technique. Six of these patients had large inguinoscrotal hernias, defined as hernias extending deep into the scrotum with a distal sac not amenable to dissection. In these six patients, we managed the distal sac by pulling it out of the scrotum and fixing it high and laterally to the posterior inguinal wall. We prospectively followed these patients and examined them at 8 days and 1 and 3 months postoperatively, looking specifically for signs or symptoms of seroma. Ultrasonography was performed at each follow-up visit. RESULTS: Only one of the patients had developed a seroma by the eighth postoperative day. The seroma was drained and did not recur or produce symptoms during the following 3 months. There were no major complications or early recurrences in the series. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with large inguinoscrotal hernias and sacs extending deep into the scrotum can benefit from reduction and fixation of the distal sac high and laterally to the posterior inguinal wall. This technique lowers the risk of developing clinically significant seroma.

Concepts: Inguinal hernia, Hernia, Aortic dissection, Fix, Herniorrhaphy, Illinois


The use prosthetic materials for the surgical repair of abdominal wall defects has become almost standard practice. This study was designed to assess the expression of different growth factors (VEGF/TGF-β1) and macrophages during the early host tissue incorporation of several polypropylene lightweight (PP-LW)-including one partially absorbable-and heavyweight (PP-HW) prosthetic meshes.

Concepts: Immune system, Cellular differentiation, Amputation, Prosthesis, Abdominal wall defect


BACKGROUND: Although laparoscopic intra-peritoneal mesh repair (LVHR) is a well-established treatment option to repair ventral and incisional hernias, no consensus in the literature can be found on the best method of fixation of the mesh to the abdominal wall. METHODS: Between December 2004 and July 2008, 76 patients undergoing a LVHR were randomized between mesh fixation using a double row of spiral tackers (DC) (n = 33) and mesh fixation with transfascial sutures combined with one row of spiral tackers (S&T) (n = 43), in the WoW trial (with or without sutures). Patients were clinically examined and evaluated using a visual analog scale for pain (VAS) in rest and after coughing 4 h post-operatively, after 4 weeks and 3 months after surgery. Primary endpoint of the study was abdominal wall pain, defined as a VAS score of at least 1.0 cm, at 3 months post-operative. Quality of life was quantified with the SF-36 questionnaire preoperatively and after 3 months. Secondary endpoint was the recurrence rate at 24-month follow-up. RESULTS: The DC and S&T group were comparable in age, gender, ASA score, BMI, indication, hernia, and mesh variables. The DC group had a significant shorter operating time compared with the S&T group (74 vs 96 min; p = 0.014) and a significant lower mean VAS score 4 h post-operatively (in rest; p = 0.028/coughing; p = 0.013). At 3 months, there were significant more patients in the S&T group with VAS score ≥1.0 cm (31.4 vs 8.3 %; p = 0.036). Clinical follow-up at 24 months was obtained in 63 patients (82.9 %). The recurrence rate at 24 months was 7.9 % overall (5/63). There were more recurrences in the S&T group (4/36) than in the DC group (1/27), but this difference was not significant (11.1 vs 3.7 %; p = 0.381). CONCLUSION: We found that double-crown fixation of intra-peritoneal mesh during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair was quicker, was less painful immediately post-operative and after 3 months, and did not increase the recurrence rate at 24 months. In hernias at a distance from the bony borders of the abdomen, transfascial sutures can be omitted if a double crown of tackers is placed.

Concepts: Clinical trial, Surgery, Hernia, Clinical research, Abdomen, Hernias, Herniorrhaphy, Human abdomen


BACKGROUND: Repair of primary and recurrent giant incisional herniae is extremely challenging and more so in the face of surgical field contamination. Literature supports the single- and multi-staged approaches including the use of biological meshes for these difficult patients with their associated benefits and limitations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of a prospective study of five patients who were successfully treated through a multi-staged approach but in the same hospital admission, not previously described, for the repair of contaminated primary and recurrent giant incisional herniae in a district general hospital between 2009 and 2012. Patient demographics including their BMI and ASA, previous and current operative history including complications and follow-up were collected in a secure database. The first stage involved the eradication of contamination, and the second stage was the definitive hernia repair with the new generation-coated synthetic meshes. RESULTS: Of the five patients, three were men and two women with a mean age of 58 (45-74) years. Two patients had grade 4 while the remaining had grade 3 hernia as per the hernia grading system with a mean BMI of 35 (30-46). All patients required extensive adhesiolysis, bowel resection and anastomoses and wash out. Hernial defect was measured as 204* (105-440) cm(2), size of mesh implant was 568* (375-930) cm(2) and the total duration of operation (1st + 2nd Stage) was 354* (270-540) min. Duration of hospital stay was 11* (7-19) days with a follow-up of 17* (6-36) months. CONCLUSION: We believe that our multi-staged approach in the same hospital admission (for the repair of contaminated primary and recurrent giant incisional herniae), excludes the disadvantages of a true multi-staged approach and simultaneously minimises the risks and complications associated with a single-staged repair, can be adopted for these challenging patients for a successful outcome (* indicates mean).

Concepts: Patient, Hospital, Surgery, Retrospective, Physician, Hernia, Multistage rocket, National Film Registry


INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the safety and the efficacy of the self-gripping Parietex ProGrip™ mesh (Sofradim Production, Trévoux, France) used with the laparoscopic approach for inguinal hernia repair. The incidence of chronic pain, post-operative complications, patient satisfaction and hernia recurrence at follow-up after 12 months was evaluated. METHODS: Data were collected retrospectively from patient files and were analyzed for 169 male and female patients with 220 primary inguinal hernias. All patients included had undergone surgical repair for inguinal hernia by the laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal approach using Parietex ProGrip™ meshes performed in the same clinical center in Germany. Pre-, per- and post-operative data were collected, and a follow-up after 12 months was performed prospectively. Complications, pain scored on a 0-10 numeric rating scale (NRS), patient satisfaction and hernia recurrence were assessed. RESULTS: The only complications were minor and were post-operative: hematoma/seroma (3 cases), secondary hemorrhage through the trocar’s site (2 cases), hematuria, emphysema in the inguinal regions (both sides) and swelling above the genital organs (1 case for each). At mean follow-up at 22.8 months, there were only 3 reports of hernia recurrence: 1.4 % of the hernias. Most patients (95.9 %) were satisfied or very satisfied with their hernia repair with only 1.2 % reporting severe pain (NRS score 7-10) and 3.6 % reported mild pain. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that in experienced hands, inguinal hernia repair surgery performed by laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal hernioplasty using Parietex ProGrip™ self-gripping meshes is rapid, efficient and safe with low pain and low hernia recurrence rate.

Concepts: Hospital, Surgery, Inguinal hernia, Pain, Hernia, Laparoscopic surgery, Hernias, Herniorrhaphy


PURPOSE: Closure of the esophageal hiatus is an important step during laparoscopic antireflux surgery and hiatal hernia surgery. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the preoperatively determined hiatal hernia size and the intraoperative size of the esophageal hiatus. METHODS: One hundred patients with documented chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease underwent laparoscopic fundoplication. All patients had been subjected to barium studies before surgery, specifically to measure the presence and size of hiatal hernia. The size of the esophageal hiatus was measured during surgery by calculating the hiatal surface area (HSA). HSA size >5 cm(2) was defined as large hiatal defect. Patients were grouped according to radiologic criteria: no visible hernia (n = 42), hernia size between 2 and 5 cm (n = 52), and >5 cm (n = 6). A retrospective correlation analysis between hiatal hernia size and intraoperative HSA size was undertaken. RESULTS: The mean radiologically predicted size of hiatal hernias was 1.81 cm (range 0-6.20 cm), while the interoperative measurement was 3.86 cm(2) (range 1.51-12.38 cm(2)). No correlation (p < 0.05) was found between HSA and hiatal hernia size for all patients, and in the single radiologic groups, 11.9 % (5/42) of the patients who had no hernia on preoperative X-ray study had a large hiatal defect, and 66.6 % (4/6) patients with giant hiatal hernia had a HSA size <5 cm(2). CONCLUSIONS: The study clearly demonstrates that a surgeon cannot rely on preoperative findings from the barium swallow examination, because the sensitivity of a preoperative swallow is very poor.

Concepts: Obesity, Measurement, Surgery, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Nissen fundoplication, Achalasia, Esophageal cancer, Hiatus hernia


Complex ventral incisional hernia repair represents a challenging clinical condition in which biologically derived graft reinforcement is often utilized, but little long-term data inform that decision. Urinary bladder matrix (UBM) has shown effectiveness in diverse clinical settings as durable reinforcement graft material, but it has not been studied over a long term in ventral incisional hernia repair. This study evaluates the clinical, radiographic, and histological outcome of complex incisional hernia repair using UBM reinforcement with 12-70 months of follow-up.