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Panminerva Medica 2002 June;44(2):141-4
Surgical treatment for incisional hernias
Trombetta F., Scamuzzi M., Moscato R., Mussa B., Goss M.
From the University of Turin, UOADU Surgical Oncology,ASO S. Giovanni Battista, Molinette Hospital, Torino, Italy
Background. A great variety of surgical techniques have been proposed to repair large abdominal incisional hernias, but the best results are achieved using synthetic grafts as in the Rives’ or Ramirez’ procedure.
Methods. During the period September 1993-May 2001, a total of 145 patients, 54 males and 91 females, mean age 52 (range 16-88) with large incisional hernia were observed. Ninety-two hernias were bigger than 10 cm. The average follow-up was 3 years (1-72 months). All successfully underwent surgery using the following techniques: 19 (13.1%) simple fascial sutures, 68 (46.9%) implants of retromuscolar polypropylene grafts (Rives’ or Ramirez’ technique), 24 (16.5%) subcutaneous meshes, 17 (11.7%) preperitoneal meshes (14 polypropylene, 2 glycolic acid, 1 Goretex), 4 (2.75%) intraperitoneal implants of polypropylene meshes, 13 (9.05%) intraperitoneal glycolic acid grafts plus retromuscular polypropylene graft.
Results. One patient died in postoperative for heart failure. Morbidity was 8 subcutaneous hemorrhagic suffusions, 10 seromas which were resolved by repeated percutaneous drainage, 4 suppurating wounds that did not require graft removal, 2 little recurrences treated by a new mesh repair under local anaesthesia, 2 sinus for mesh intollerance and 1 fistula requiring a new intervention.
Conclusions. In this report we discuss the tolerability and reliability of mesh repair, especially in Rives’ and Ramirez’ technique.