International classification of abdominal wall planes (ICAP) to describe mesh insertion for ventral hernia repair
Smart, Neil J.
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
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Nomenclature for mesh insertion during ventral hernia repair is inconsistent and confusing. Several terms, including 'inlay', 'sublay' and 'underlay', can refer to the same anatomical planes in the indexed literature. This frustrates comparisons of surgical practice and may invalidate meta-analyses comparing surgical outcomes. The aim of this study was to establish an international classification of abdominal wall planes.