Introduction and Epidemiology of Incisional Hernias and the Argument for Mesh in Incisional Hernia Repair

  • Diya I. Alaedeen


This chapter discusses a brief history of incisional hernia from the first century A.D. to today’s current practices. The epidemiology, cost, and prevalence of incisional hernia repair, especially in the USA, are highlighted according to the most currently available data.

The modifiable risks factors for the development of incisional hernia after any violation of the abdominal wall are discussed, including infection, obesity, smoking, malnourishment, and poorly controlled diabetes. Furthermore, the use of mesh is now considered the standard for incisional hernia repair of larger defects, and the chapter reviews the most validated data for the use of mesh.


History Prevalence Cost Risk factors Epidemiology Mesh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General Surgery, Digestive Disease and SurgeryInstitute, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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