About this Research Topic
The techniques for ventral hernia repair have undergone a rapid development the last two decades. Hernias are not any longer repaired from the abdominal cavity, but also in other abdominal planes. New methods for component separation have been suggested and meshes of new materials have been developed. The evidence-base for the new techniques varies. Few studies with long-term outcome have been presented. Most of the reports so far are case series. As it is difficult to master two different methods at one unit, there are few randomized controlled trials presented so far. Nevertheless, there is a great need for further studies on these techniques.
The goal of the suggested research topic is to assemble reports from centers where new techniques and approaches have been applied. As the techniques for ventral hernia repair continue to be developed and evaluated, a rapid increase in the number of reports on ventral hernia may be expected. The intention is to present novel techniques as well as studies on the safety and effectiveness of recently presented techniques. As there is a risk of uncritical enthusiasm over the new approaches, the safety and cost-effectiveness are important aspects that should be emphasized. Contributions regarding anatomy of the abdominal wall, approaches to access the various anatomical planes of the abdominal wall, new endoscopic instruments, methods for component separation and new meshes are welcome.
The specific themes we would like contributors to address include, but are not limited to:
• Anatomical aspects of endoscopic hernia surgery
• New techniques for endoscopic ventral hernia repair
• Methods for component separation
• New endoscopic instruments
• New meshes
Dr Gabriel Sandblom has received a research grant from Surgical Intuitive.
Keywords: Ventral hernia, Endoscopy, Component separation, Robot-assisted, Mesh
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