Surgical mesh for ventral incisional hernia repairs: Understanding mesh design

Ali Rastegarpour, Michael Cheung, Madhurima Vardhan, Mohamed M. Ibrahim, Charles E. Butler, Howard Levinson

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Surgical mesh has become an indispensable tool in hernia repair to improve outcomes and reduce costs; however, efforts are constantly being undertaken in mesh development to overcome postoperative complications. Common complications include infection, pain, adhesions, mesh extrusion and hernia recurrence. Reducing the complications of mesh implantation is of utmost importance given that hernias occur in hundreds of thousands of patients per year in the United States. In the present review, the authors present the different types of hernia meshes, discuss the key properties of mesh design, and demonstrate how each design element affects performance and complications. The present article will provide a basis for surgeons to understand which mesh to choose for patient care and why, and will explain the important technological aspects that will continue to evolve over the ensuing years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Hernia
  • Surgical mesh
  • Tissue engineering
  • Ventral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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