Hakan Kulaçoğlu

Clinic of General Surgery, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


Umbilical hernia is a rather common surgical problem. Elective repair after diagnosis is advised. Suture repairs have high recurrence rates; therefore, mesh reinforcement is recommended. Mesh can be placed through either an open or laparoscopic approach with good clinical results. Standard polypropylene mesh is suitable for the open onlay technique; however, composite meshes are required for laparoscopic repairs. Large seromas and surgical site infection are rather common complications that may result in recurrence. Obesity, ascites, and excessive weight gain following repair are obviously potential risk factors. Moreover, smoking may create a risk for recurrence.

Keywords: umbilical hernia, hernia repair, mesh, laparoscopy


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The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.