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Abdominal closure reinforcement by using polypropylene mesh functionalized with poly-Ԑ-caprolactone nanofibers and growth factors for prevention of incisional hernia formation

Authors Plencner M, East B, Tonar Z, Otáhal M, Prosecká E, Rampichová M, Krejčí T, Litvinec A, Buzgo M, Míčková A, Nečas A, Hoch J, Amler E

Received 1 March 2014

Accepted for publication 14 April 2014

Published 9 July 2014 Volume 2014:9(1) Pages 3263—3277

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S63095

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Martin Plencner,1,2,* Barbora East,3,* Zbynek Tonar,4 Martin Otáhal,5 Eva Prosecká,1,2 Michala Rampichová,2,6 Tomáš Krejčí,3 Andrej Litvinec,2,7 Matej Buzgo,2,6 Andrea Míčková,1,2,6 Alois Nečas,8 Jirí Hoch,3 Evžen Amler1,2,9

1Institute of Biophysics, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Prague, 2Laboratory of Tissue Engineering, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, 3Department of Surgery, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Prague, 4Biomedical Centre, Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Charles University in Prague, Pilsen, 5Department of Anatomy and Biomechanics, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in Prague, Prague, 6University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings, Czech Technical University in Prague, Buštehrad, 7Department of Breeding and Zoohygiene of Laboratory Animals, Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, 8Department of Surgery and Orthopedics, Small Animal Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Science Brno, Central European Institute of Technology, Brno, 9Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Kladno, Czech Republic

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Incisional hernia affects up to 20% of patients after abdominal surgery. Unlike other types of hernia, its prognosis is poor, and patients suffer from recurrence within 10 years of the operation. Currently used hernia-repair meshes do not guarantee success, but only extend the recurrence-free period by about 5 years. Most of them are nonresorbable, and these implants can lead to many complications that are in some cases life-threatening. Electrospun nanofibers of various polymers have been used as tissue scaffolds and have been explored extensively in the last decade, due to their low cost and good biocompatibility. Their architecture mimics the natural extracellular matrix. We tested a biodegradable polyester poly-Ԑ-caprolactone in the form of nanofibers as a scaffold for fascia healing in an abdominal closure-reinforcement model for prevention of incisional hernia formation. Both in vitro tests and an experiment on a rabbit model showed promising results.

Keywords: nanofibers, growth factors, surgical mesh, hernia regeneration, in vivo

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