Repair of giant hernias using more prosthesis

G. Trivellini, C. M. Bagni, A. Sollini, M. Senni, S. Leone, E. Contessini Avesani

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Giant incisional hernias with total loss of substance are an ominous pathological condition characterized by massive depletion of muscular and fascial tissue, by complete loss of the anatomical and physiological function of the abdominal wall and by severe respiratory and visceral involvement. Over a 10-year period we operated 270 patients with voluminous incisional hernias, 12 of which had a total loss of substance. There was no intraoperative mortality. One patient died of myocardial infarction on the fifth and one died of intestinal occlusion and peritonitis the 11th postoperative day. Early postoperative complications occurred in only one patient who had skin necrosis with an infection at the polypropylene mesh. This was successfully treated with systemic antibiotic therapy and topical medication of the wound. There was also one minor recurrence over the pubis 1 year after the operation that required a new operation to replace the mesh. No respiratory complications occurred and all patients were normally active. The good results reported in our series encourage us to continue in this direction even though these patients are at high risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Giant incisional hernia
  • Prostheses
  • Respiratory insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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