Use of biological prostheses in transplant patients with incisional hernias Preliminary experience

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Michele L. Santangelo
Nicola Carlomagno
Sergio Spiezia
Danilo Palmieri
Marco Clemente
Maria Pina Piantadosi
Francescopaolo Palumbo
Giovanni Docimo
Nicola Normanno
Andrea Renda


AIM: The use of synthetic mesh in transplant patients is still under debate. In this paper the authors report their preliminary experience on biological prosthesis for surgical treatment of incisional hernias in transplant patients.

MATERIAL OF STUDY: Between 2009-2010, 10 patients with incisional hernia underwent surgery using a biological prosthesis (porcine dermis collagen). All patients were transplanted: 9 kidney transplants and 1 liver transplant.

RESULTS: In all patients postoperative course was uneventful and were not observed complications related to surgery, kind of prosthesis or transplanted organs. At follow up, laparoplasty was associated with good functional outcome.

DISCUSSION: Transplant patients are at risk for use of synthetic prostheses, as immunosuppressed. In our preliminary experience biological prostheses compared to synthetic ones showed a greater ability to integrate into tissues, to resist bacterial colonization and to reduce cytotoxic or allergenic reactions, providing similar functional results. Moreover it must be added that biological prostheses did not require reductions/suspensions of immunosuppressive therapy and resulted to be versatile. All these features are particularly sought in incisional hernias surgery of transplanted patients.

CONCLUSIONS: Surgery of incisional hernias in transplanted patients requires a prosthesis with characteristics as close as possible to the ideal one and, in this sense, biological prostheses would seem to outweigh synthetic ones. In our experience, biological prostheses have shown to be safe, effective and reliable; therefore they seem to be able to open new horizons in the treatment of wall defects in this group of patients.

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Santangelo, Michele L., et al. “Use of Biological Prostheses in Transplant Patients With Incisional Hernias Preliminary Experience”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 84, no. 4, July 2013, pp. 471-5,