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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
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ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v21.i1.20
pages 25-50

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction with Implantable Meshes

Derek Masden
Department of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital
John M. Felder III
Department of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 20007
Matthew L. lorio
Department of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 20007
Parag Bhanot
Department of General Surgery, Georgetown University
Christopher E. Attinger
Department of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 20007

ABSTRACT

Abdominal wall defects present a difficult problem for the reconstructive surgeon. Over the years, numerous implantable materials have becomes available to aid the surgeon in recreating the abdominal wall. This spectrum of implants includes permanent synthetic meshes, absorbable meshes, composite meshes and biomaterials. This review includes the pros and cons for the commercially available abdominal wall implants as well as a review of the literature regarding outcomes for each material. This review will provide the surgeon with current evidence-based information on implantable abdominal materials to be able to make a more informed decision about which implant to use.