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BACKGROUND The ideal technique for the use of AlloDerm (LifeCell Corp) in complicated ventral hernia repair has not been defined. The expense of these products mandates careful evaluation to justify their widespread use. We compared two techniques of fascial bridging versus fascial reinforcement repair with regard to their longterm recurrence rates using(More)
BACKGROUND The lack of a universally accepted classification system for incisional hernia repair has led to inconsistent reporting of ventral hernia repairs, the inability to compare various series, and the lack of appropriate risk adjusted stratification systems to evaluate surgical outcomes. This study evaluates the Ventral Hernia Working Group's (VHWG)(More)
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to evaluate the safety and durability of biologic mesh for single-staged reconstruction of contaminated fields. INTRODUCTION The presence of contamination during ventral hernia repair (VHR) poses a significant challenge. Some advocate for a multistaged reconstructive approach with delayed definitive repair, whereas others(More)
BACKGROUND Anterior components separation (ACS) creates large lipocutaneous flaps to release the external oblique fascia often leading to major wound complications. Posterior components separation (PCS) involves the release of the posterior rectus sheath and transversus abdominis muscles. We hypothesized that PCS provides effective fascial advancement while(More)
BACKGROUND Success of a surgical intervention is often measured by hard clinical outcomes. In ventral hernia repair (VHR) these include wound morbidity and hernia recurrence. These outcomes fail to account for a surgical intervention's effect on a patient's quality of life (QofL). Our objective was to design a hernia-specific QofL instrument with a focus on(More)
BACKGROUND The Ventral Hernia Working Group proposed recently a classification system to grade the risk of surgical site occurrence (SSO) during ventral hernia repair (VHR). Accurately predicting the outcomes of synthetic mesh in open VHR for comorbid patients might guide surgeons in appropriate mesh selection in this patient population. Our objective was(More)
The components separation technique (CST) is performed through an open or endoscopic approach. It is unclear whether the costs associated with the endoscopic instruments outweigh any clinical benefit derived from their use and the avoidance of lipocutaneous flaps. This study aimed to compare the direct costs associated with each approach. A retrospective(More)
Despite the prevalence of ventral hernias, there is little agreement as to the most appropriate technique or prosthetic to repair these defects. Our objective was to determine biologic mesh practice patterns of reconstructive surgeons with regard to indications, most appropriate technique, choice of prosthetic, and experience with complications. A survey(More)
Hernia meshes significantly reduce the recurrence rates in hernia repair. It is known that they affect the abdominal wall postimplantation, yet the understanding of in vivo mechanics in the mesh placement area is lacking. We established a single C-arm biplane fluoroscopic system to study strains at the interface between the mesh and repaired abdominal(More)
Thirty-day readmission has become an increasingly scrutinized event in the field of surgery, especially in light of projected cuts in reimbursement. Although studies have evaluated large populations, little work has been done on procedure-specific populations. Our objective is to determine if any factors are predictive of 30-day readmission in patients(More)