Prophylactic mesh reinforcement versus sutured closure to prevent incisional hernias after open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair via midline laparotomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2018; 56: 120-128.

Published: 15th October 2018

Authors: Indrakusuma R, Jalalzadeh H, ven der Meij JE, Balm R, Koelemay MJW


There were four RCTs including a total of 388 procedures. Prophylactic mesh placement reduced the risk of incisional hernia (relative risk 0.27, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.11 to 0.66) but not reoperation (0.23, 0.11 to 1.05).

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