Abdominal Wall Hernias and Biomaterials

Levi Procter, Erin E. Falco, John P. Fisher, John S. Roth

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10 Scopus citations


Hernia is derived from the Latin word meaning “rupture or protrusion”. A hernia is the protrusion of tissue or an organ through a defect or weakness in the surrounding walls. Abdominal wall hernias occur at sites lacking a covering with overlapping aponeuroses and fascia. Hernias can be present at birth (congenital), develop spontaneously over time or as a result of surgery or trauma. Areas on the ventral abdominal wall prone to hernia formation are located at the arcuate line, epigastric, inguinal and umbilical hernias. Iatrogenic hernias on the abdominal wall occur at sites of surgical incisions (incisional hernias).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
ISSN (Print)1868-2006
ISSN (Electronic)1868-2014

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2009, Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Ventral Hernia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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