This thesis is about the anatomy, diagnosis, treatment and outcome of incisional hernia. New approaches and aspects are discussed in the following chapters. The following definitions were derived from Butterworth’s medical dictionary 1. A hernia is the protrusion of an internal organ through a defect in the wall of the anatomical cavity in which it lies. An abdominal hernia is the protrusion of abdominal content through the abdominal wall. A ventral hernia is any hernia protruding through the abdominal wall. An incisional hernia is a hernia protruding through an operation scar. Incisional hernias can be classified according to their localization 2. Abdominal hernias include groin (i.e. inguinal and femoral) hernias and ventral hernias. Ventral hernias include umbilical, incisional, epigastric and spigelian hernias. This thesis is restricted to incisional hernias through midline incisions.

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J.F. Lange (Johan)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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