Objective: A major challenge of large abdominal incisional hernia repair is the high rates of wound complications. Closed incision negative pressure therapy (CINPT) can offer many treatment advantages in the management of these wounds and has been shown to reduce complications for other postoperative incisions. This study assesses the wound outcomes for hernia repair patients receiving CINPT. Method: A six-year retrospective case series of patients who had undergone large abdominal incisional hernia repair wounds treated with CINPT was conducted. Outcomes for patients treated with CINPT were compared with patients who had not received CINPT acting as a control. Results: A total of 23 patients were treated with CINPT after hernia repair and compared with 12 patients in the control group. A statistically significant decreased rate of return to theatre (odds ratio: 0.12) was found in this study. Non-significant reductions in wound infection, seroma and wound dehiscence were also seen. No adverse events with CINPT therapy were reported. Conclusions: CINPT, when used after large abdominal incisional hernia repair, may help in the prevention of wound complications. Declaration of interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Wound Care|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Mar 2021|