Simplified Repair of Traumatic Iliac Crest Flank Hernias with Mesh Strips

Aaron M. Kearney, Gregory A. Dumanian*

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Background: Traumatic abdominal wall hernias are rare injuries resulting from blunt abdominal trauma. Traditional approaches have included both open and laparoscopic approaches, with placement of large meshes with giant overlaps. Perhaps the most technically difficult aspect of these repairs is fixating the abdominal wall to the iliac crest. The senior author has developed a method of repair using 2-cm strips of mesh. In this article, we present a description of 4 patients treated with this technique. Methods: We included 4 adult patients who underwent traumatic flank hernia repairs by the senior author. We excluded incisional hernias and patients who received a planar sheet of mesh. Demographics and outcomes collected included length of stay, follow-up time, and complications. Results: The average age was 38.5 years. Three hernias were due to motor vehicle collision injuries, and 1 was a crush injury at work. No planar meshes or bone anchors were used. No patients required component separation. There were no instances of surgical site infection, hematoma, or wound breakdown. All repairs were intact at the time of last follow-up (average, 24.3 months; range, 4-48.7 months). Conclusions: Traumatic flank hernias are rare injuries that can be difficult to address. Here, we describe a technique of primary repair with mesh strips that distribute the forces of repair across a greater surface area than can be achieved with sutures. Placing drill holes through the iliac crest avoids the cost and complexity of suture anchors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2970
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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