Chris Aelvoet

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Surgical treatment of umbilical and small ventral hernias ranges from a simple suture repair to the placement of large intra-abdominal or retromuscular meshes. Several articles report a lower incidence of recurrence after mesh repair, whether this is positioned onlay, retromuscular, or intraperitoneally. Often, a simple suture repair fails in the longterm,(More)
The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the long-term recurrence and complication rates following small abdominal wall hernia repair with the Ventralex hernia patch. The study also aimed to identify risk factors for hernia recurrence in patients undergoing such repair and to examine the relationship between quality of life and hernia(More)
The aim of the current prospective study was to show the results of a new type of medium-weight monofilament polypropylene mesh covered with a hydrogel barrier on the visceral side. Between July 2011 and April 2013 prospectively collected data on 30 consecutive patients who underwent abdominal wall hernia repair using a medium-weight mesh covered with(More)
The ideal mesh suited for intraperitoneal placement should address both requirements of tissue separation on the visceral surface and tissue integration on the parietal surface. Meshes with bioresorbable coatings have recently been demonstrated to be successful. In this article, the results are shown of a study with a new type of tissue-separating(More)
The purpose of this study was to show the short- and long-term results of a lightweight self-adhering mesh, Adhesix®. Between February 2011 and April 2013, we prospectively collected data of 100 consecutive patients who underwent incisional or inguinal hernia repair. Mean follow-up time was 23 months (range 7-33 months). Mean length of hospital stay was 1.7(More)
The purpose of the current prospective study was to confirm the results of our previous study on the use of the Ventralight™ ST mesh. In this study we also evaluated a pre-attached positioning system. Between July 2011 and October 2013 prospectively collected data of 61 consecutive patients who underwent a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair were analyzed.(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair (LVHR) is a common procedure in abdominal surgery. Use of mesh has become the gold standard in the last decade because of significantly fewer recurrences. Subsequently, the attention shifted to reduce mesh related complications in the short- and long-term as well as to facilitate its handling and positioning. In(More)
Following our previous study about a lightweight self-adhering mesh (Adhesix®, Cousin Biotech, Wervicq-Sud, France; distributed by Davol Inc., subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc.), we report the long-term results with the use of this mesh in patients treated for a primary, unilateral inguinal hernia without any other hernias. Prospectively collected data of 100(More)
Suturing is an essential surgical technique, because there is no resection without the need for reconstruction. Therefore, every surgeon should master a set of suturing techniques so he can adapt his approach to the specificity of the situation. The development of laparoscopic surgery poses a new challenge as not all open techniques are amendable for(More)