Intraperitoneal Prostheses

  • R. K. J. Simmermacher


The abdominal wall surrounds and protects the contents of the abdominal cavity and participates in a great variety of functions of the body, including maintenance of the upright position, coughing, and straining. These functions can be guaranteed only by the integrity of the myoaponeurotic part of the abdominal wall. Defects of this part of the abdominal wall include primary full-thickness loss due to external violence, en bloc resection of neoplasia or necrotizing infection or secondary pathology such as a long-standing incisional hernia causing retraction of the muscles; such defects interfere with abdominal wall function and should therefore be repaired.


Abdominal Wall Incisional Hernia Polypropylene Mesh Adhesion Formation Abdominal Wall Defect 
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  • R. K. J. Simmermacher
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  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands

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