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This review presents the clinical background to abdominal wall reconstruction, the different types of surgical meshes employed and known mechanisms of infection. It is shown that there are major physico-chemical differences between available meshes, which, in combination with the location of the mesh, the surgical technique applied and hernia type involved influence the infection potential.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.biomaterials.2007.01.028

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biomaterials

Publication Date

05/2007

Volume

28

Pages

2314 - 2327

Keywords

Abdominal Muscles, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bacterial Infections, Biocompatible Materials, Biofilms, Chemical Phenomena, Chemistry, Physical, Hernia, Abdominal, Hernia, Ventral, Humans, Microscopy, Electron, Scanning, Models, Anatomic, Polypropylenes, Polytetrafluoroethylene, Postoperative Complications, Reconstructive Surgical Procedures, Surgical Mesh, Treatment Outcome