The objective of this work has been to characterize stress relaxation in the polymer material on applying different levels of constant strain. The meshes were strained at values of 5.2%, 5.4% and 5.6% which are the values at which the mesh is strained in clinical use for the repair of abdominal walls. Laws have been obtained to model the viscoelastic behavior at different strains for this material. Finally, fracture studies were carried out by environmental scanning electron microscopy to determine the fracture mechanisms of these meshes. Besides, the implantation of the meshes was practised in two different layers of abdominal wall: the superficial or preaponeurotic layer and deep or preperitoneal layer, showing the neoformation of connective tissue on the mesh, which tended to be organized differently in each layer studied; more roughly and densely in the superficial layer than in the deep one. © 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
|Journal||Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2003|