A simulation finite element model for the mechanics of the internal oblique muscle: A defense mechanism against inguinal hernia formation?

Gerard Fortuny, Javier Rodríguez-Navarro, Antonio Susín, Manuel Armengol-Carrasco, Manuel López-Cano*

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Abstract

Simulation of the human muscular system has multiple applications in biomechanics, biomedicine and in the study of motion in general. Mechanical alterations of the normal functioning in the inguinal area ("inguinal shutter") seems to be involved in the genesis of hernias in adults, but the role of this anatomical mechanisms is poorly understood. A finite element model for the mechanics of the internal oblique muscle allowed creating a dynamic model of the inguinal region applicable to the study of the shutter mechanism as a defence mechanism of contention of the abdominal viscera against development of an inguinal hernia.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)794-799
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Finite element method
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Shutter mechanism
  • Virtual simulation

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