Progress in Synthetic Prosthetic Mesh for Ventral Hernia Repair

  • Sheila Grant
  • Bruce Ramshaw


For the past 40 years, polypropylene (PP) has been the main synthetic mesh to repair abdominal wall defects. Since the introduction of PP, other products have been commonly used, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and expanded tetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). In recent years, the demand for enhanced biocompatibility has resulted in improvements in surgical mesh, such as biologically coated synthetic mesh and synthetic resorbable mesh. Today there are over 80 different types of mesh and mesh composites available, and choosing the optimal surgical mesh for a particular procedure can be overwhelming (see Chap.  20). This chapter provides an update on the state of the current synthetic mesh used in ventral hernia repair, including new designs in the area of synthetic surgical mesh in order to improve the overall biocompatibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EngineeringUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of Tennessee Medical CenterKnoxvilleUSA

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