• Francesco La Rocca
  • Francesco Chianese
  • Feliciano Crovella
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)


We carried out a survey that focused on incisional hernia and its surgical treatment based on data derived from the SDO (hospital discharge) file codes, with patient diagnoses defined by the ICD 9 CM (International Classification of Diseases—Clinical Modification) system. Data for the period 1999–2003 were obtained from the web site of the Ministry of Health, Department for Sanitary Programming [1]. To correctly interpret the data, the analysis was made with respect to calendar year, age class and sex.


Hospital Discharge Incisional Hernia Regional Variability Prosthetic Mesh Mesh Implantation 
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    Ministry of Health (2007) Department for Sanitary Programming. last access: September 2007
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    ISTAT (Italian Institute of Statistical Data) (1999–2003) Annuary. ISTAT, RomeGoogle Scholar
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    Sistema Informativo Sanitario (Informative System of Health) — File Hospital Discharge. Available at:
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    La Rocca A (1999) Hospital and Health in Italy. Liguori, Naples, p 789Google Scholar

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  • Francesco La Rocca
  • Francesco Chianese
  • Feliciano Crovella

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