Annals of Surgery Volume 267, Number 3, March 2018 Letters to the Editor about the larger population from which the United States in an effort to develop lack of a control group limits any firm con- sample was taken. A commonly reported met- additional clinical data and understand lo- clusions as to the effect of the device on the ric in this regard is the 95% confidence interval ng-term outcomes in ventral hernia globally. outcomes that we measured in the study, and (CI), and its absence from Fig. 1 makes The success of these efforts demands that we that was clearly listed as a limitation in the interpretation difficult. For example, ‘‘a wide not only understand the data, but have keen discussion. We would, however, point out confidence interval points to a lack of infor- interest in the methods and their limitations. that this study represents the first scientific mation’’ and the potential for overinterpreting investigation of a bioabsorbable mesh in the Disclosures: DM and RS are both these findings. setting of complex abdominal wall recon- employees of ACELITY. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) struction. Given that there are no prior pub- is also critically important, and this
Annals of Surgery – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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