, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 319–324 | Cite as

Long-term follow-up (at 5 years) of midline incisional hernia repairs using a primary closure and prosthetic onlay technique: recurrence and quality of life

  • M. Juvany
  • C. Hoyuela
  • F. Carvajal
  • M. Trias
  • A. Martrat
  • J. Ardid
Original Article


Introduction and objectives

The recurrence rate of incisional hernia (IH) repair is usually underestimated due to a lack of long-term follow-up. The objective of this study was to evaluate recurrence rate for patients operated on midline IH surgery, using a primary closure and prosthetic onlay technique, 5 years after the procedure.

Materials and methods

From January 2009 to January 2011, all 92 patients operated on elective midline IH repair by primary closure and prosthetic onlay technique in a General Surgery Department were retrospectively included in the study. Exclusion criteria were absence of follow-up or death. Recurrence rate and quality of life were assessed. Demographic, surgical data and quality of life in patients with and without 5-year recurrence were compared.


Mean follow-up was 64 months. Ultimately, 76 patients were included in the study, representing 82% of the selected patients during the study period (76/92), of whom 24 presented a recurrence (32%). Half (12) were diagnosed for recurrence more than 3 years after the surgery. Patients who developed a recurrence had more percentage of obesity (64 vs. 29%, p = 0.016), which denoted an odds ratio (OR) for recurrence of 4.4 (1.2–15.7; p = 0.01) and they punctuated lower in quality of life (6.0 ± 2.9 vs. 7.6 ± 2.6, p = 0.006).


Recurrence rate on midline IH repair is still a concern (32% at 5 years). It is advisable to look for other strategies and more efficient surgical techniques for IH surgery, especially in obese patients.


Incisional hernia Recurrent hernia Quality of life Obesity 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

None of the authors (MJ, CH, FC, MT, AM, JA) have any conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Human and animal rights

This study does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

For this type of study formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Juvany
    • 1
  • C. Hoyuela
    • 1
  • F. Carvajal
    • 1
  • M. Trias
    • 1
  • A. Martrat
    • 1
  • J. Ardid
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General and Digestive Surgery, Hospital Plató BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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