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Prevention of Incisional Hernia After Elective Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair

This study has been terminated.
(Treatment without success, low enrollment, one serious adverse event)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ulrich Beutner, Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen Identifier:
First received: February 20, 2008
Last updated: July 9, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the implantation of an Ultrapro® Mesh as prevention of incisional hernia after elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. According to the literature these patients have an increased risk for an incisional hernia. By the implantation of an artificial mesh into the abdominal wall during the first abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, the risk can be reduced dramatically. In small feasibility studies incisional hernia rates as low as 0% have been achieved.

Patients scheduled for elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair will be randomized into two groups, one receiving an onlay mesh, the other conventional wound closure with sutures.

Condition Intervention
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Device: Ultrapro® Mesh implantation
Other: Standard wound closure

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Prevention of Incisional Hernia After Elective Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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Further study details as provided by Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of incisional hernia [ Time Frame: 24 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of postoperative complications [ Time Frame: 7 days ]
  • operation time [ Time Frame: 4 hours ]
  • Rate of adverse events [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Adverse events related to mesh implantation

Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2011
Primary Completion Date: April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Mesh implantation
Ultrapro® Mesh implantation
Device: Ultrapro® Mesh implantation
After the aortic procedure (aortic aneurysm repair) an Ultrapro absorbable mesh will be used for the wound closure of the abdominal wall using an onlay technique.
Active Comparator: Standard wound closure without a mesh
Standard wound closure
Other: Standard wound closure
Abdominal closure will be performed with standard sutures without a mesh.

Detailed Description:

Prospective randomized controlled study with two study arms.

Arm 1: Abdominal wall will be closed with a prophylactic mesh implantation in onlay technique after elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

Arm 2: Abdominal wall will be closed with standard sutures (without mesh implantation)

After the patients gave their informed consent to participate in the study, they will be randomized to one of the two treatment arms. Allocation is carried out based on a prepared randomization list.

Primary endpoint is the rate of incisional hernias within the follow-up period of 2 years. Secondary endpoints are postoperative complications and adverse events during the follow-up period.

Study enrollment was prematurely terminated on 30. Apr 2009. Already enrolled patients will be followed for 24 months according to protocol.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient scheduled for elective or early elective open repair of aortic aneurysm

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Emergency surgery
  • EVAR (endovascular procedure)
  • Patients with previous midline laparotomy
  • Patients with in situ abdominal mesh after previous hernia repair
  • Patients with large diastasis of abdominal wall
  • Allergy to penicillin
  • Women before menopause (mesh can interfere with potential future pregnancies)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01189708

Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Department of Surgery
St. Gallen, Switzerland, 9007
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen
Principal Investigator: Wolfgang Nagel, MD KSSG
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Ulrich Beutner, Research Manager, Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen Identifier: NCT01189708     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EKSG08/006
Study First Received: February 20, 2008
Last Updated: July 9, 2015

Keywords provided by Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Abdominal hernia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Aortic Aneurysm
Incisional Hernia
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Aortic Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes processed this record on April 27, 2017