Introduction: The Rives-Stoppa and component separation technique are considered to be favourable techniques in the treatment of complex incisional hernias. However, mesh-related complications like chronic pain are still a common problem after mesh repair. As a result, a new self-gripping mesh to omit suture fixation has been developed. This study aimed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the Parietex™ Progrip self-gripping mesh in retromuscular position for the treatment of incisional hernias. Methods: Patients with incisional hernia who underwent repair between June 2012 and June 2014, using a self-gripping mesh in retromuscular position, were included in the study. All patients visited the outpatient clinic to identify postoperative complications and early recurrence. Results: A total of 28 consecutive patients with a median age of 48 years were included in the study. Twenty-two patients (79%) were diagnosed with an incisional hernia, of whom nine (32%) had a recurrence. Six patients (21%) had an incisional hernia combined with another abdominal wall hernia. The median follow-up was 12 weeks (IQR: 8-20 weeks). Twenty-three patients (82%) did not report any pain at their final outpatient clinic visit; two patients (7%) reported mild abdominal pain, and three patients (11%) had moderate abdominal pain. None of the 28 patients developed a recurrence during follow-up. Conclusion: This is the first study concerning the use of a Parietex™ Progrip mesh placed in retromuscular position. The study shows that it is a safe and feasible prosthesis in incisional hernias repair, as short-term recurrence did not occur and adverse events were limited.

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International Journal of Surgery
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Verhelst, J, de Goede, B, Kleinrensink, G.J, Jeekel, J, Lange, J.F, & van Eeghem, K.H.A. (2015). Open incisional hernia repair with a self-gripping retromuscular Parietex mesh: A retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Surgery, 13, 184–188. doi:10.1016/j.ijsu.2014.11.043