Support of a ventral hernia repair with a prosthetic mesh has been demonstrated to result in
a diminished rate of hernia recurrence. The patient with co-morbidities undergoing hernia
repair is at increased risk of wound related complications, which may be exacerbated by the
choice of prosthetic mesh, and which are known to influence the ultimate rate of hernia
recurrence. It is hypothesized that patients receiving a mesh of biologic origin may
experience fewer wound related complications and hence at least an equal rate of hernia
recurrence, compared to those receiving a synthetic mesh.