• Parastomal hernias are a common complication of ostomy construction. We have developed a method of repair that uses two strips of polypropylene prosthetic mesh through a midline incision. The medical records of 19 patients who underwent parastomal hernia repair were retrospectively reviewed. All nine patients operated on for this condition by the senior author (R.G.P.) (group 1) underwent repairs with this technique. All ten patients operated on by other surgeons in our center (group 2) underwent repairs in which the stoma was moved, the fascia was directly repaired through a parastomal incision, or the fascia was repaired via a midline incision. No patients in group 1 had recurrences while five patients in group 2 had recurrences. Neither group developed strictures or stomal prolapse. Our method of repair is technically easy and has excellent results. It is especially suitable in very large hernias in which incisional hernia is likely in the original stoma site if the stoma is moved.
(Arch Surg. 1992;127:1246-1247)