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BACKGROUND The material and the surgical technique used to close an abdominal wall incision are important determinants of the risk of developing an incisional hernia. Optimising closure of abdominal wall incisions holds a potential to prevent patients suffering from incisional hernias and for important costs savings in health care. METHODS The European(More)
INTRODUCTION Little is known about both incidence of chronic pain and quality of life (QoL) after the transinguinal preperitoneal (TIPP) technique using a totally extraperitoneal, parietalized, memory ring patch. MATERIALS AND METHODS Among 622 (428 unilateral and 194 bilateral) hernia repairs (HR) in 525 patients, 92 % had a postoperative clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Few large studies of the use of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) in incisional hernia repairs have been done. We performed such a study of ePTFE patches implanted extraperitoneally or intraperitoneally. METHODS The records of all patients in whom an ePTFE patch was used to repair an incisional hernia in 1987 to 1994 were reviewed(More)
A systematic review of literature led us to take note that little was known about the costs of incisional ventral hernia repair (IVHR). Therefore we wanted to assess the actual costs of IVHR. The total costs are the sum of direct (hospital costs) and indirect (sick leave) costs. The direct costs were retrieved from a multi-centric cost analysis done among a(More)
BACKGROUND The literature dealing with abdominal wall surgery is often flawed due to lack of adherence to accepted reporting standards and statistical methodology. MATERIALS AND METHODS The EuraHS Working Group (European Registry of Abdominal Wall Hernias) organised a consensus meeting of surgical experts and researchers with an interest in abdominal wall(More)
INTRODUCTION The treatment of pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMPs) and appendiceal mucocele (AM) has changed radically. To assess the contribution of preoperative imaging to the treatment strategy and choice of approach, a surgeon and a radiologist different from the initial radiologist examined the files of all patients treated for PMP or AM in four facilities in(More)
One hundred and sixty-seven choledoco-duodenostomies for lithiasis of the common bile duct (CBD) were performed. The mean age of the patients was 74 +/- 1 years. Sixty p. 100 of the patients presented with at least one operative risk factor, usually related to their general condition. An anastomosis of at least 20 mm in diameter was possible as the diameter(More)