Can Numerical Modelling Help Surgeons in Abdominal Hernia Surgery?
The absence of universally and accepted guidelines to select the most appropriate surgical mesh for each patient and type of defect in hernia surgery could complicate surgeons decisions when choosing the surgical mesh and deciding which is the best orientation of the mesh in the abdomen. An interdisciplinary work between clinicians and engineers may lead to great advances in medical protocols through the development of computational methodologies which could reduce the long periods of time and high costs involved by experimental research procedures. Numerical simulations of hernia treatment could also allow a better knowledge of the post-operative condition. This work is projected to define a computational methodology based on experimental techniques that would help surgeons in deciding which prosthesis is the most convenient depending on the type of abdominal hernia defect and particularities of the patient so current treatments and procedures could be improved with regard to the quality of patient life.
KeywordsFinite element model Hyperelasticity Surgical meshes
This study was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through research project DPI2011-27939-C02-01/C02-02, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through research project DPI2011-15551-E and the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) through the CIBER initiative project ABDOMESH. B. Hernández-Gascón was also funded by a grant (BES-2009-021515) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.
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