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Ann Surg. 2018 Apr;267(4):e65. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002537.

Surveillance of Surgical Meshes in Ventral Hernias and Unpredictability of Their History.

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Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Surgery "P.Stefanini", Abdominal Wall Surgical Unit, Policlinico Umberto I, Rome, Italy.


: The authors read the article "The importance of registries in the postmarketing surveillance of surgical meshes" by Kockerling et al, and they completely agree on the role of a clinical follow-up of surgical meshes even if they suggest that a surveillance longer than one year is advisable, particularly in IPOM repair, to collect not only late complications but also more serious adverse events. This seems be the only way to properly assess the safety of the mesh.

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