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Semin Plast Surg. 2012 Feb;26(1):18-24. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1302461.

Bioprosthetic mesh in abdominal wall reconstruction.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.


Mesh materials have undergone a considerable evolution over the last several decades. There has been enhancement of biomechanical properties, improvement in manufacturing processes, and development of antiadhesive laminate synthetic meshes. The evolution of bioprosthetic mesh materials has markedly changed our indications and methods for complex abdominal wall reconstruction. The authors review the optimal properties of bioprosthetic mesh materials, their evolution over time, and their indications for use. The techniques to optimize outcomes are described using bioprosthetic mesh for complex abdominal wall reconstruction. Bioprosthetic mesh materials clearly have certain advantages over other implantable mesh materials in select indications. Appropriate patient selection and surgical technique are critical to the successful use of bioprosthetic materials for abdominal wall repair.


abdominal wall; adhesions; biocompatible materials; bioprosthetic and component separation; bulge; collagen reconstructive surgical procedures; dermis; hernia; surgical mesh

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