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October 18, 2016

New Findings in Ventral Incisional Hernia Repair

Author Affiliations
  • 1VA Boston Health Care System, Boston University, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;316(15):1551-1552. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15722

At a time when joints are successfully replaced with full restoration of function and cataracts are removed and replaced with multifocal intraocular lenses and full recovery of vision, the surgical community continues to struggle to find the best approach to repair ventral hernias. Current issues include the best anatomical approach; the best material, if any, to use to reinforce the repair; and the best location for the surgical mesh when it is used. Hernia repairs are common, with about 348 000 ventral hernia repairs in the United States in 2006 at a cost of $3.2 billion.1