Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2011; 15 (6): 644-648

Incisional hernia surgery: report on 283 cases

A. Forte, A. Zullino, S. Manfredelli, G. Montalto, M. Bezzi

IV Postgraduate School of General Surgery, Department of Surgery “F. Durante”, Sapienza University, Rome (Italy)

Background and Objectives: Despite the improvement of the surgical technique and several experiences reported in literature about prosthetic incisional hernioplasty, the prevalence rate of recurrence and of the classic complications has not changed over the years. We analyze our caseload, establishing some technical cornerstones in order to reduce their occurrence.

Patients and Methods: 283 patients underwent incisional hernioplasty in our Department of Surgery in the decade 1999-2008. They were retrospectively divided into four groups (A-D) according to the surgical technique adopted for a comparative analysis: A, 37 primary direct closure; B, 207Rives-Stoppa procedures; C, 9 Chevrel procedures; D, 30 intraperitoneal repairs. The outcomes were considered in terms of postoperative surgical complications.

Results: In total, we observed 11 cases of hernia recurrence (3.9%), 13 cases of infections (4.6%), 7 cases of seroma/hematoma (2.4%) and one case of acute respiratory insufficiency.

Discussion: The Rives-Stoppa procedure is, among all those practised, the treatment of choice in incisional hernioplasty. Thanks to the introduction of some simple modifications to this technique and preventing the postoperative infections, we obtained excellent results in terms of recurrence rate (only 1 case on 207 patients, 0,48%) and morbidity.

Corresponding Author: Angelo Forte, MD; e-mail:;
Antonio Zullino, MD; e-mail:

To cite this article

A. Forte, A. Zullino, S. Manfredelli, G. Montalto, M. Bezzi
Incisional hernia surgery: report on 283 cases

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2011
Vol. 15 - N. 6
Pages: 644-648