A stitch in time saves nine

Mr Nisar, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon here at ASPH is the principal investigator overseeing a randomised, controlled trial called HART (Hughes Abdominal Repair Trial) which is running throughout the UK.

The trial aims to see if the rates of incisional hernias are affected, when using a different method of sewing up the abdominal wall after colon surgery (called the Hughes repair). This will be compared to a more standard closure method called Mass closure.

An incisional hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall that occurs at the site of an incision scar in up to 3 of every 10 operations performed. Hernias can be painful and repairing them can be difficult, which means that any method that reduces the occurrence of hernias will be a great benefit to all patients undergoing surgery.