April 07, 2015
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Ventralex hernia patch can be used to address umbilical hernias in postpartum patients

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Researchers reported success using the Ventralex hernia patch in concomitant umbilical hernia repair and abdominoplasty for postpartum patients, according to recently published study findings.

The study included 11 healthy women undergoing abdominoplasty with umbilical hernia repair using the Ventralex hernia patch (Bard Davol). Patients’ mean age was 39.4 years, and mean BMI was 27.6 kg.

All patients had medium-sized patches placed, and the hernia approach was the same for all patients. Abdominoplasty results were not affected by the hernia repairs, according to the researchers.

After 1 year of postoperative follow-up, the researchers found no incidence of umbilical ischemia or necrosis, and no clinical evidence was found for hernia recurrence. Transient swelling of the umbilicus occurred in one patient; however, this resolved within 6 months postoperatively.

Although soft-tissue swelling was observed on ultrasound, there was no evidence of recurrence found. Additionally, all patients were pleased with the end results of their surgeries, according to the researchers.

In some cases, the researchers noted, the patch caused decreased mobility of the umbilical stalk, which led to tethering of the stalk. - by Abigail Sutton

Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.