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 . To correctly interpret the data, the analysis was made with respect to calendar year, age class and sex.
KeywordsHospital Discharge Incisional Hernia Regional Variability Prosthetic Mesh Mesh Implantation
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