Single center experience with the modified retromuscular Sugarbaker technique for parastomal hernia repair

L. Tastaldi, I. N. Haskins, A. J. Perez, A. S. Prabhu, S. Rosenblatt, M. J. Rosen

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Purpose: Parastomal hernias are challenging to manage, and an optimal repair has yet to be defined. An open, modified, retromuscular Sugarbaker technique has recently been described in the literature as a technically feasible approach to parastomal hernia repair. This study evaluates our initial institutional experience with parastomal hernia repair with the aforementioned technique with respect to safety and durability. Methods: All patients who underwent an open, modified retromuscular Sugarbaker parastomal hernia repair from 2014 through 2016 at our institution were identified. Patient characteristics, hernia variables, operative details, and 30-day and medium-term outcomes were abstracted from the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative database. Outcomes of interest included 30-day wound morbidity, mesh-related complications, and hernia recurrence. Results: Thirty-eight patients met inclusion criteria. 20 (53%) patients presented to our institution for management of a recurrent parastomal hernia. 35 (92%) patients had a concurrent midline incisional hernia with a mean total hernia width of 15.1 cm and mean defect size of 353 cm2. Thirty-day wound morbidity rate was 13%. At a mean of follow-up of 13 months (range 4–30), the hernia recurrence rate was 11%. Three patients (8%) experienced mesh erosion into the stoma bowel, leading to stoma necrosis, bowel obstruction, and/or perforation which required reoperation at day 8, 12, and 120 days, respectively. Conclusions: The outcomes of the retromuscular Sugarbaker technique for the management of parastomal hernias have been disappointing at our institution, with a concerning rate of serious mesh-related complications. This operation, as originally described, needs further study before widespread adoption with a particular focus on the technique of mesh placement, the most appropriate mesh selection, and the long-term rate of mesh erosion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-949
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Incisional hernia
  • Parastomal hernia
  • Posterior component separation
  • Sugarbaker
  • Transversus abdominis release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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