For many years grafts of fascia lata, either autogenous or heterogenous, have been used for the repair of hernia. Autogenous and heterogenous grafts of tendons have also been used to replace tendons lost by injury or disease. The history of the use of these grafts has been so aptly reviewed recently that it little behooves me to repeat it here. The reader is referred especially to an article by Koontz,1 which outlines the history of the use of fascia for grafts and of the development of preserved fascia for grafts and sutures. To Koontz belongs the credit for devising a practical method of preserving the fascia lata of the ox so that it can be kept in the operating room for use at a moment's notice, as any other suture material. This saves the time of a second operation to obtain autogenous fascia. The success2 of this preserved
WARD GE. OX FASCIA LATA FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF ROUND LIGAMENTS IN CORRECTING PROLAPSE OF THE VAGINA. Arch Surg. 1938;36(1):163–170. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1938.01190190166011
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