A technique for repairing massive ventral incisional hernias without the use of a mesh

D Johnson, D H Harrison
British Journal of Plastic Surgery 1999, 52 (5): 399-403
Incisional hernias are common. Those involving large fascial defects are usually repaired using a synthetic mesh. Complications of such repairs involving mesh pose particular problems in management. This paper describes a new technique for repairing large ventral incisional hernias which does not involve the use of a mesh. Our repair is anatomical in first reconstructing the posterior rectus sheath and then using a darn to approximate the recti. We have used this technique successfully in three cases of massive incisional hernias measuring 20 cm or more in diameter and have not experienced any complications. In particular, no recurrences of the hernias have occurred. The technique described can be used to repair primary incisional hernias as well as salvage cases when previous repairs have failed.

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