High rate of incisional hernia observed after mass closure of burst abdomen

T K Jensen*, I Gögenur, M-B Tolstrup

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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PURPOSE: This study investigated the long-term development of incisional hernia after implementation of a standardized surgical treatment strategy for burst abdomen in abdominal midline incisions with a continuous mass closure technique.

METHODS: The study was a single-center, observational study evaluating all patients treated for burst abdomen between June 2014 and April 2019 with a long-term follow-up in October 2020. In June 2014, a standardized surgical treatment for burst abdomen involving a monofilament, slowly absorbable suture in a continuous mass-closure stitch with large bites of 3 cm and small steps of 5 mm was introduced. The occurrence of incisional hernia was investigated and defined as a radiological-, clinical-, or intraoperative finding of a hernia in the abdominal midline incision at follow-up.

RESULTS: Ninety-four patients suffered from burst abdomen during the study period. Eighty patients were eligible for follow-up. The index surgery prior to burst abdomen was an emergency laparotomy in 78% (62/80) of the patients. Nineteen patients died within the first 30 postoperative days and 61 patients were available for further analysis. The long-term incisional hernia rate was 33% (20/61) with a median follow-up of 17 months (min 4, max 67 months).

CONCLUSION: Standardized surgery for burst abdomen with a mass-closure technique using slow absorbable running suture results in high rates of long-term incisional hernias, comparable to the hernia rates reported in the literature among this group of patients.

Sider (fra-til)1267-1274
Antal sider8
TidsskriftHernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery
Udgave nummer5
Tidlig onlinedato21 okt. 2021
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2022

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© 2021. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag France SAS, part of Springer Nature.


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