Hernia Surgery pp 387-392 | Cite as

Management of Infected Mesh in Ventral Hernias

  • Kamal M. F. ItaniEmail author
  • C. Jeff Siegert


Mesh infection after abdominal wall reconstruction is a complex and costly problem.

Preventing this problem in the first place is paramount; based on available evidence we present the risk factors and measures to prevent such an infection. When it occurs, the treatment of infected mesh spans a wide spectrum of options starting with mesh preservation and antibiotic coverage to a more aggressive surgical debridement, mesh explantation, and repeat reconstruction. Specifically, we assess the impact of mesh type and wound classification at the time of original repair and how they affect decision in the handling of a subsequent mesh infection. This chapter covers the various treatment strategies available to the surgeon taking into consideration patient risk factors, mesh types, and wound status.


Abdominal wall hernia Bioprosthetic mesh Mesh salvage Explantation Mesh infection Synthetic mesh Partial salvage of mesh Treatment of infected mesh Wound classification Ventral hernia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System, Boston University and Harvard Medical SchoolWest RoxburyUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care SystemWest RoxburyUSA

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