, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 361–369 | Cite as

Systematic review of the use of fibrin sealant in abdominal-wall repair surgery

  • S. Morales-Conde
  • A. Barranco
  • M. Socas
  • I. Alarcón
  • M. Grau
  • M. A. Casado



Our objective was to analyze the advantages and inconveniences associated with the use of fibrin sealant compared with mechanical means for mesh fixation following abdominal-wall surgery.


Literature search was conducted in MedLine, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library Plus databases. Articles were randomized clinical trials, nonrandomized comparative studies, and case series containing at least ten patients.


The fibrin sealant was shown to be biocompatible with the surrounding tissue. In patients treated with fibrin sealant, lower prevalence of acute and chronic postoperative pain was observed, and less hemorrhagic complications occurred. There are no data on the influence of fibrin sealant on seroma decrease. Efficiency in experimental models was similar to that observed for mechanical methods of fixation. Also, adhesions with fibrin sealant were less than that for mechanical methods.


Compared with mechanical methods, fibrin sealant is an efficacious alternative for mesh fixation postsurgery of the abdominal wall.


Fibrin tissue adhesive Tissue adhesives Hernia abdominal Surgical outcomes 



This study was funded in part by a grant from Baxter Spain. The authors declare that they have no involvement that can be construed as a conflict of interest or that can have an impact on the content and interpretation of the findings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Morales-Conde
    • 1
  • A. Barranco
    • 1
  • M. Socas
    • 1
  • I. Alarcón
    • 1
  • M. Grau
    • 2
  • M. A. Casado
    • 2
  1. 1.Advanced Laparoscopic UnitUniversity Hospital Virgen del RocíoSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research IberiaMadridSpain

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