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Bradley Bengtson, MD • Grand Rapids, Michigan

Revisional hernia repair and abdominoplasty using SERI® Surgical Scaffold for soft tissue support

Case in brief

Revisional hernia repair with abdominoplasty.

Case history

A 33-year-old female presented for elective surgery to correct ventral abdominal hernias and marked laxity of the anterior rectus fascia. The patient’s history included giving birth to twins, significant weight loss of more than 60 pounds, and previous correction of ventral hernia and periumbilical hernia. She was a nonsmoker and in good health.

Surgical planning

The surgical plan was to perform a ventral and periumbilical hernia repair, directly followed by fascial plication and abdominoplasty. SERI® Surgical Scaffold would be placed as an overlay for abdominal wall soft tissue reinforcement.

This Case Review is provided for your information only. As with other surgical and medical decisions, it is the responsibility of surgeons to use sound medical judgment in utilizing the procedures best suited to the needs of each patient and to the skills and experiences of the surgeon. Please refer to the SERI® Surgical Scaffold Instructions for Use for current information.

Indications for Use
SERI® Surgical Scaffold is indicated for use as a transitory scaffold for soft tissue support and repair to reinforce deficiencies where weakness or voids exist that require the addition of material to obtain the desired surgical outcome. This includes reinforcement of soft tissue in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and general soft tissue reconstruction.

Important Safety Information


  • Patients with a known allergy to silk
  • Contraindicated for direct contact with bowel or viscera where formation of adhesions may occur


  • SERI® Surgical Scaffold must be placed in maximum possible contact with healthy well-vascularized tissue to encourage ingrowth and tissue remodeling
  • Caution should be used when implanting SERI® Surgical Scaffold in pregnant women. The use of a device that can impede tissue expansion may be hazardous during pregnancy

Adverse Reactions
Adverse reactions are those typically associated with surgically implantable materials, including infection, inflammation, adhesion formation, fistula formation, and extrusion.