Welcome to The SAGES Surgical WIKI

SAGES launched its member-generated Wiki in 2010 and it quickly grew into a resource accessed by more than 2,500 people/month seeking advanced and accurate definitions of all types of minimally invasive surgery and diseases treated by minimally invasive surgery.

As part of the recent overhaul to SAGES web properties, the SAGES Wiki has been moved to a new home on the SAGES site. In addition to moving more than 75 member-generated articles back to the main SAGES web site, we have also completely changed the way members can interact with the Wiki:

  • It’s easier than ever to become a contributor! Simply log in with your member account and head over the Wiki pages. Use the “Create A New Wiki” button on the right sidebar to add your own article.
  • If you see a way to improve an existing article, simply click the Edit tab at the top of the article and make your edits.
  • Want to discuss an article? All logged-in SAGES members can now comment on an article using the Discussion tab at the top of the article and post away.

Recommended Wiki: Use of synthetic mesh in the infected field

Introduction The use of synthetic mesh in an infected field is generally considered a relative contraindication. We know, however, that there is low‐level evidence that  synthetic mesh can be placed in an infected field without a mesh infection. Also, many have shared their experience regarding successfully placing synthetic mesh in contaminated fields or potentially contaminated fields. Important points to help decision making are the types of infected fields based on bacterial species, load, and extent of infection the surgical techniques used to maximize the possibility of good outcome after implantation of synthetic mesh in an infected field the types of mesh characteristics which should be considered if synthetic mesh is to be used in an infected field   History Prior to the introduction of biologic meshes in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, synthetic meshes (both absorbable and non‐absorbable) were the only available products for closing fascial defects that could not be… Continue Reading »